Panels & Speakers 2006-2007

Panels & Speakers

Brown Bag Lunch Schedule

"Religious Pluralism without Relativism"

Dr. Raphael Jospe

Monday, February 19, 2007 - 4 to 6 p.m., Location TBA

Dr. Raphael Jospe is a professor of Jewish philosophy at Bar Ilan University in Israel. He is also the editor of the Jewish Philosophy Division of the revised edition of the Encyclopedia Judaica. Prof. Jospe is the author of a 3-volume Hebrew history of Jewish philosophy in the Middle Ages, and author or editor of eight books in English, including: Torah and Sophia: The Life and Thought of Shem Tov ibn Falaquera; What is Jewish Philosophy?; Paradigms in Jewish Philosophy; and co-author of Covenant and Chosenness in Judaism and Mormonism. His presentations at Boston College will draw upon his considerable experience in interreligious collaboration, including his current service as chair of the Jerusalem Rainbow Group (the oldest Christian-Jewish dialogue group in Jerusalem).

Co-sponsored with the Boston College Center for Christian-Jewish Learning

Dr. Jospe will also speak at 7:30 PM on "The Significance of Jerusalem in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam" and at the Comparative Theology lunch on Tuesday.

Spirituality and Social Justice: Abraham Joshua Heschel - A Centennial Celebration

Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 3 p.m., Hebrew College and Boston College

Co-Sponsored by Hebrew College, Andover Newton Theological School, and Boston College, this centennial celebration of the life and work of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel will occur on the campuses of Hebrew College and Boston College. Featured speakers include Susannah Heschel, Cornel West, David Starr, Arthur Green, Shawn Copeland, and Or Rose. Click below for further details.

Love and Wisdom: Buddhist Meditations to Illumine Christian Understanding

Saturday September 30, 10:00-4:00, St. Johns Chapel, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambrdige


Using his unique position as both a professor comparative theology at Boston College and a Tibetan Buddhist Lama, John Makransky will guide participants through Buddhist meditations of love and wisdom in ways that Christains can easily enter into. Following each meditation, Makransky will use selected passages from the New Testament and other Christian resources to point participants back into their own religious understanding and spirituality. In this way, a deep dialogue of mutual illumination, Christian and Buddhist, can unfold.


Dietrich Bonhoeffer for Our Times: Jewish and Christian Perspectives

Sunday, September 17, 2006 at 3 p.m., Hebrew College, Andover-Newton Theological School, Boston College

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) has become an icon of resistance and moral courage. As a pastor and teacher, he was one of the earliest Protestants to speak out against Nazism and summon his church to oppose it. As a resistance figure executed for his role in the conspiracy against the Nazi regime, his prison writings later inspired Christians throughout the world. What is Bonhoeffer's legacy for the Jewish-Christian relationship today? His record of political opposition to Nazism is clear. Does his contribution to Christian ethical reflection and activism have implications for non-Christians? What is Bonhoeffer's place as a theological and political figure in the legacy of the Holocaust? In this conference, Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant scholars will reflect on his witness and its legacy for our times.
Updated: 18-May-2009
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