Welcome to the Forum. We choose a topic, and invite experts, but in the end, students and citizens have the last word.
Theme: Religious Pluralism
This year's Forum addresses the challenge of religious pluralism. We can no longer take religious uniformity for granted. Our neighbors and friends may have different religious beliefs—or no religious commitments at all.This complex religious environment calls for serious philosophical reflection—both in the field of political philosophy and in philosophy of religion. Should we move towards secular public institutions, leaving religion (including atheism) for churches and other private organizations? Is it wrong to use religious beliefs to justify laws in a pluralistic society? What should our schools teach about religion? Are there religions or religious beliefs we shouldn't tolerate? Can we create an environment where a variety of religions flourish?
Part I: Dr. Andrew Fiala, "Whose God, Which Religion?"
Monday, February 22nd, 7pm
Andrew Fiala Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Ethics Center at Fresno State. He writes a column on ethics and religion for the Fresno Bee.
Part II: Students and Citizens
Monday, February 29th, 7pm
A group of students and citizens will continue the discussion that Dr. Fiala started the previous week. Afterwards, the audience can ask questions and we will discuss.
Remember to check the Shreveport Times for columns from Dr. Fiala, our students, and citizens prior to each meeting.
We'd like to thank the Convocations Committee, the Shreveport Times, and Centenary's Department of Marketing & Communication for all of their support.