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Professor George Van Kooten to deliver the Ashby Lecture 2018

last modified Jun 27, 2018 09:18 AM
The Ashby Lecture will be held at the Riley Auditorium, Clare College, on Thursday June 28th.

The Ashby Lecture will be held at the Riley Auditorium, Clare College, on Thursday June 28th. The lecture will be entitled "Oiling the Wheels of Nations? Religion and Politics, Then and Now”

Synopsis: This lecture offers a radical politico-ethical rereading of Paul’s letter to the centre of the Roman Empire, his Letter to the Romans, written in the 50s of the first century under then emperor Nero, then still tutored and advised by the philosopher Seneca. In this letter, Paul develops the notion of Christian communities as “assemblies of the nations” that run parallel to the (imperial) state.

This lecture proposes to read this fundamental letter against the background of Roman politics, in the immediate context of ancient political philosophy, issuing in reflections on the potential relevance of religion - alongside culture and sports - in modern international politics, exploring the benefits of understanding religion as an international non-governmental organization, and testing if, and in what sense it can inspire human values.

The lecture will be held at 6.00pm on Thursday 28 June in Riley Auditorium, Gillespie Centre, Memorial Court, Clare College CB3 9AJ

All are welcome! Please book in advance:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/clare-hall-ashby-lecture-2018-tickets-45029696033

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