Lecture series to examine social ethics of different religions

by Kathleen Joyce

The Program in Catholic Social Tradition and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame will present a lecture series this semester on the themeComparative Religious Social Ethics.

The series will examine the teachings of different religious traditions regarding central themes of Catholic social teaching, including:human dignity and equality, the common good, respect for human life, a preferential option for the poor, and concern for the environment.

Each address in the series will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies auditorium, with the exception of the March 16 lecture, which will be held in the Hesburgh Librarys Carey Auditorium.

Todd Whitmore, associate professor of theology, will present the first lecture,Catholic Social Teaching and Interreligious Dialogue,on Wednesday (Feb. 2).

The remaining lectures in the series are as follows:

* Feb. 9 -The Social Ethics of Judaism,Elliot Bartky, Program of Liberal Studiesp.

  • March 16 -The Social Ethics of Hinduism,Amitava Dutt, professor of economicsp.

  • March 30 -The Social Ethics of Islam,Asma Afsaruddin, associate professor of The Classicsp.

  • April 6 -The Social Ethics of Buddhism and Confucianism,Lionel Jensen, associate professor of East Asian languages and literatures

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