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Pensive Religion : The Critical Power of a Long Tradition

The symposium Pensive Religion – The Power of a Long Tradition is organized by the research program Critical Religion and Public Ethics (Faculty of Philosophy, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada) in collaboration with the Titus Brandsma Institute (Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands), the Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic), and the Catholic University (Leuven, Belgium).


Marc De Kesel  (Saint Paul University), Louis Perron (Saint Paul University), David Voprada (Charles University, Prague), Martin Koci (KU Leuven, Belgium), Bradford Manderfield (KU Leuven), Anna Djintcharadze (Collège Dominicain, Ottawa), Augustin Ramazani (University of Ottawa)

The symposium has a double objective:

  • First, it wants to explore the critical dimension in the monotheistic religions and, more specifically, in Christianity, both in its positive and its negative consequences.
  • Second, it deals with the question of how this kind of religious critical spirit relates to the critical spirit that is indispensable to modernity. Is it not in the culture of criticism – including criticism of religion – that modernity and faith can meet one another? The opposition is not between archaic religious faith and new modern thinking, but between denying and approving the critical spirit present in both modern thinking and religious belief.

Location: Saint Paul University, Ottawa, room L136

Date: September 18, 2015

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


To register, please send an email to mdekesel@ustpaul.ca




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