The year 2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Freedom. This document constitutes a milestone, outlining the Catholic Church’s position on the freedom of conscience that belongs to all men and women in embracing, and living out, their core religious beliefs.
But Vatican II’s statement was a beginning, not an end. In the ensuing fifty years, heated debated has taken place across the globe on religious liberty and its juridical effects. What is the relationship between religious freedom and law? How, in pluralistic societies, are religion, culture and civil law properly integrated? Should states draw on the resources of religion for the ordering of public life? Or should they be entirely secular, having nothing to do with religion except to ensure that it does not intrude upon the public square?
These and other crucial questions will be discussed by two distinguished scholars from Princeton’s Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI), an institute devoted to advanced theological research and to fresh, creative thinking on issues arising from Christianity’s encounter with contemporary society.
Seton Hall warmly welcomes Mary Ellen O’Connell, the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, and Robin W. Lovin, Director of Research at CTI, the Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics emeritus at Southern Methodist University, and former president of the Society of Christian Ethics.
Their conversation will be moderated by the Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Guarino, professor of systematic theology at Seton Hall University’s School of Theology.
We invite you to engage these distinguished visiting scholars as they share with us their vital insights into the most urgent and decisive issues of our time.