The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Interfaith Discussion Group

Mon, February 5, 2018 | WAG 403B

5:00 PM

Time vs Tradition: How do we adapt modernity to centuries old religion?
In this current age, there seems to be a notable push-back against most major religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism) in some form or another. Traditionalists from these religions are criticized for being too conservative, not tolerant enough, too extreme, or overly stuck in their ways. Secularists question the value of religious institutions that some see as restricting the independence, individuality, or agency of people, especially given the high regard with which modern society holds those values. 
How true are any of these sentiments? Are these critiques applied to only to specific (and perhaps abstract) religious doctrines, or does it involve the daily acting out of one's faith? What do the religions in question say about the tension between the advance of society and the expectation to hold to certain beliefs or practices? Does religion need to be adapted to fit the times? Or should people aim to fit their society to their religious beliefs? 
All of these questions and more are up for discussion!
Readings (easily available online)
2 Timothy 3:14-17
Psalm 100:5
Romans 12:2
The discussion will be led by CTI junior and McCombs student, Aziza Khalfani.

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