Encountering Religious and Cultural Traditions
2018-2019 Series Fostering Religious Literacy and Interreligious Understanding
Date & Time:
12:00 PM - 3:27 PM Fall 2018 - Spring 2019; all sessions begin at 12:00 noon
Iverson Hearth Room
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus
2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN
Renowned scholar of religion Wilfred Cantwell Smith argued that in order to “understand Buddhists, we must not look at something called Buddhism but at the world so far as possible through Buddhist eyes.” Likewise, in order to understand Judaism, Hinduism, and so on, we must not look at Judaism, Hinduism and so on, but at the worldviews of Jews, Hindus, and so. In his New York Times Bestseller, Religious Literacy, Stephen Prothero writes “I am convinced that one needs to know something about the world’s religions in order to be truly educated,” and argues that “you need religious literacy in order to be an effective citizen.” This year-long series aims to foster religious literacy and interreligious understanding by examining the world through the eyes of religious scholars and practitioners from various traditions, especially our locally lived traditions in Minnesota. The presenters will share their own lived experiences of the traditions and address any common stereotypes and misconceptions.