Panel Discussion: Love in (Post) Secular Society (19 May, Amsterdam)

Love in (Post) Secular SocietyWhile we, the 21st century Europeans, tend to be skeptical about the prospect of finding “love” in our private lives, “love talk” is endemic in our public debates.

  • What do we mean when we say “love” in everyday life and in the public sphere?
  • How do we manage to enlist “love” in support of conflicting moral and political stances?
  • How do love, sexuality and religion intertwine in contemporary society?
  • Do religious traditions have anything meaningful to tell us about love, in our secular (or post-secular?) age?

These and other issues will be discussed by writers and academics, people of faith and nonbelievers, of varied national backgrounds and generations. Panelists:

  • Jim Forest, peace activist and writer.
  • Ernst van den Hemel, religious studies and literature scholar, researcher and lecturer at Utrecht University and AUC.
  • Marco Derks, theologian and PhD candidate at Utrecht University.
  • Rudi te Velde, professor of philosophy at the University of Amsterdam.

Organiser: Dr. Maxim Kupovykh

Time and date: Tuesday 19 May, 6.00-8.00pm

Location: Common Room, Amsterdam University College, Science Park 113, Amsterdam

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