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Harvey Cox to speak on religion, morality and politics in the 21st Century

by Louisville Seminary | Oct 01, 2008
Louisville Seminary will host Harvard theologian Harvey Cox for an evening of conversation on religion, morality and politics in the 21st Century, October 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Hundley Hall at Gardencourt on the campus.

The event is open to students, faculty, and friends of Louisville Seminary without charge. Participants in this evening of conversation will be inspired by the range of Dr. Cox’s spiritual history as they engage him with questions and comments that will be moderated by Dr. Christopher Elwood, professor of theological history at Louisville Seminary.

Cornell West has called Harvey Cox “one of the most significant religious thinkers of the late twentieth Century.” Cox is Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard, where he has been teaching since 1965. An American Baptist minister, his research and teaching interests focus on the interaction of religion, culture, and politics. Among the issues he explores are urbanization, theological developments in world Christianity, and interfaith relations.

A prolific author, Cox is best known for his book, When Jesus Came to Harvard: Making Moral Decisions Today, describing his immensely popular undergraduate course at Harvard, “Jesus and the Moral Life,” which attracted hundreds of students each year. Other publications include, The Secular City, published in 1965, which became an international bestseller and was selected by the University of Marburg as one of the most influential books of Protestant theology in the twentieth century, Common Prayers: Faith, Family, and a Christian's Journey Through the Jewish Year, based on his experience with his wife, Professor Tina Tumarkin, of raising their son in her Jewish faith, and The Feast of Fools; The Seduction of the Spirit; The Silencing of Leonardo Boff: Liberation Theology and the Future of World Christianity; and Fire From Heaven: The Rise of Pentecostal Spirituality and the Reshaping of Religion in the Twenty-first Century.

For more information about this evening conversation with Dr. Cox, contact Dr. David Sawyer at Louisville Seminary’s Lifelong Learning Office, dsawyer@lpts.edu; 800.264.1839.

Cox will also speak about religion’s future after fundamentalism when he visits the University of Louisville on October 7, at 6 p.m. His lecture will be presented in the auditorium at Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St. Admission is free and open to the public. Parking is available for $3 in the adjacent garage off Third Street.

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