Wednesday
Mar282012

At the Root of Religious Liberty

Rethinking freedom of religion and the separation of church and state

with Msgr. Lorenzo ALBACETE, Theologian, author, columnist, Dr. Philip HAMBURGER, Professor of Law, Columbia University, and Dr. Kimberly SHANKMAN, Dean, Benedictine College, Atchison, KS

Presented by Crossroads Cultural Center and American Bible Society

Religious freedom and the relationship between Church and State have been hotly debated topics during the last few months, but remain the object of many misunderstandings. Because of its tendency to oppose faith and reason, contemporary culture also tends to reduce freedom of religion to freedom of worship. For the same reason, it also understands the question of the relationship of Church and State as the problem of drawing a correct line of separation between an essentially private religious dimension and a self-sufficient and essentially secular public sphere. Whereas many people realize that these attitudes are inadequate, it is not always easy to pinpoint their philosophical and historical origins. Nevertheless, this is an urgent task because freedom of religion is, in the words of Pope John Paul II, the source of all other rights, because it implies the recognition that every human person is not just a product of biological and social factors, but is ultimately capable of recognizing a transcendent origin to his or her existence and to enter into relationship with it. In turn, this implies that the State cannot claim to be the source of social and political rights, and that the idea of a "purely secular" public sphere is both absurd and implicitly totalitarian.

The event is open to the public and free of charge.

About this Event

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Time: 7pm
Location: The American Bible Society
1865 Broadway at 61st Street
New York, NY
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About the Speakers

Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete
Theologian, author, columnist
Dr. Philip Hamburger
Professor of Law, Columbia University
Dr. Kimberly Shankman
Dean of Benedictine College, Atchison, KS

Invitation

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Transcript

Read Albacete's comments
Read Shankman's presentation

Article of Interest

Against Separation by Philip Hamburger

Video

Part I - Introduction, Prof. Hamburger
Part II - Kimberly Shankman
Part III - Msgr. Albacete, Q&A

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