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  • Faith & Values Lecture: Rev. Dr. Martin Marty, 10/17

    Rev. Dr. Martin MartyKicking off this academic year's Faith & Values in the Public Square series is the renowned Lutheran theologian Professor Martin Marty, who will speak on nuances to interreligious dialogue that he has experienced and investigated in his studies.

    Join us!
    Thursday, October 17th  |   7:00pm
    Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University\

    More Info about the Series, here.

    About the theme:
    Old-time map-makers drew boundaries around places they knew, to the ends of the world. Beyond those boundaries, they invented horrendous figures and wrote captions such as "Here Be Monsters." There were monsters, to be sure, and their evil had to be confronted. But many risked hospitality, spread knowledge, and through conversation and interaction were rewarded with a more rich civil society. Religion provided justification for evil and motivation for production of the good.

    Professor Martin Marty will discuss how communities both confront evil and seek opportunity for healing within civil society. Religion can provide justification for evil and motivation for production of the good. How to limit the former and enhance the latter demands the best spiritual and tactical energies of people of faith. Join us for a memorable evening with Professor Marty!

    About Rev. Dr. Marty:
    Rev Dr. Martin Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he taught for 35 years and where the Martin Marty Center has since been founded to promote "public religion" endeavors. He writes the "M.E.M.O" column for the biweekly Christian Century, on whose staff he has served since 1956. He is also the editor of the fortnightly Context, since 1969, and authors the Marty Center's weekly e-mail column.

    Marty taught in the Divinity School, the Department of History, and the Committee on the History of Culture from 1963-1998. He focused chiefly on late eighteenth and twentieth century American religious history in the context of "Atlantic Culture." An ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Professor Marty put considerable effort into the Master of Divinity Program at the Divinity School. His six-year "Fundamentalism Project" for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1988-1994) led him to enlarge his focus to global inter-religious concerns.

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