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Non-Transcendental Morality: Judaism, Islam, and Atheism
The Others’ Faith: World Religions through the Lens of Judaism and Islam
The fifth event of our lecture series “The Others' Faith” is dedicated to atheism and the question: Can mindsets critical of religion be constructive for a Jewish and Islamic theology that speaks to our times?
Skepticism, non-belief, and doubt have accompanied religions since their beginnings. As a result of advancing secularization, however, atheistic and agnostic convictions have become widespread in the Western world to an unprecedented level. How do Judaism and Islam respond to this?
As monotheistic religions, they both see the negation of God as a rejection of moral values. But do moral principles necessarily require recourse to transcendence? And how do Judaism and Islam meet the claim of rationality and reason formulated by the atheists?
A discussion with Jacques Berlinerblau (Georgetown University) and Ufuk Topkara (University of Virginia).
Jacques Berlinerblau is a Professor of Jewish Civilization and the Director of the Center for Jewish Civilization at der Georgetown University. He has published on a wide variety of scholarly subjects with special attention to heresy, atheism and secularism. He is the author of How to be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom.
Ufuk Topkara studied philosophy at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Harvard University. He has served as a lecturer in Islam at Evangelische Akademie Berlin and is the author of the book Umrisse einer zeitgemäßen philosophischen Theologie im Islam: Die Verfeinerung des Charakters (Outlines of a Contemporary Philosophical Theology in Islam: The Refinement of Character), which combines Islamic philosophy with existentialist philosophy.
Where, when, what?
Monday, 20 April 2020, 7 pm
Free of charge – Booking opens soon in our online shop
The event is held in German and English. With simultaneous interpretation.