To paraphrase Hans Kung: There will be no peace in the world without peace among the world’s religions, and there will be no peace among religions unless we learn to dialogue. Many societies across the world are witnessing growth in religious partisanship, sometimes side by side with various manifestations of secularization - both negative and positive. The movement toward polarized fundamentalism can be found in every religious group. Secularism—the belief that religious is dangerous or irrelevant—is an equally challenging phenomenon. Jesuit universities are distinctive by having both a Catholic commitment and direct access to believers and non-believers alike, Catholics, other Christian, and people off all faiths or none? What role can a Jesuit university play in advancing reconciliation and understanding in a world of religious diversity? How can we help young people avoid the twin extremes of fundamentalism and atheistic, materialist secularization? 

Jesuit Higher Education, Interreligious Dialogue, Secularization and Humanism


Coordinators: Dorian Llywelyn SJ, Santa Clara University, California. Pep Maria Serrano SJ, ESADE, Barcelona. 


Description:  An interdisciplinary  3-day workshop involving scholars from USA, Europe, Asia, and Latin America to be held in Barcelona, July 2020


Next steps:

Propose and plan a 2021 international conference on Jesuit Higher Education, Interreligious Dialogue, Secularization and Humanism


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