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John Collins

The Invention of Judaism: Torah and Jewish Identity

A lecture by John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old testament Criticism and Interpretation, Yale University with an Introduction by Gregory Spinner Teaching Professor, Religious Studies Department, Skidmore College

Date: Tuesday, September 26
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

The Torah of Moses is widely considered normative for Judaism. This lecture reviews how it came to be so in the Second Temple period. It also shows how it could be interpreted in quite diverse ways. Click here for more information.

The Re-Enchantment of the World: From Secularism to Secularity

A talk by Bradley Onishi, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies.

Date: Thursday, October 12
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Ladd 207

For some time secularity and religion have been conceived as adversaries. This idea is based not only on a reductive vision of "religion," but a misguided and outdated understanding of the secular. In this talk I propose that a more accurate and expansive understanding of the secular can, and should, lead to a reconnection of secularity's relationship to religion. In ways that challenge the New Atheists and other secularists, I propose that both secular and religious individuals are people of faith, and thus a new kind of inter-faith dialogue is possible if we are willing to renovate our conceptions of secularity.