White Light Conversation: Let’s Talk About Religion

God was declared dead in 1966, no longer relevant to an increasingly secular society.

Today, people around the world ardently seek religious and faith-based experiences, at times with an intolerant fervor. How did we vacillate between such extremes in the span of only half a century? In modern society, few topics are as subject to ignorance, misunderstanding, and manipulation as religion. Although it is a central building block of human consciousness, we possess surprisingly little knowledge about religious traditions—both of others and our own. And what distinguishes religious beliefs from a more generalized “spirituality,” a frequent choice in our own time? Join WNYC’s John Schaefer and a group of leading thinkers for a spirited panel discussion exploring the many contradictions inherent in our understanding of religion and the evolutionary pathways of religious belief, as well as its intersection with science and art and resonance in our current challenging climate.

Seating is limited, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

John Schaefer, moderator
Marcelo Gleiser, theoretical physicist and astronomer
Rev. Winnie Varghese, director of justice and reconciliation, Trinity Wall Street
James MacMillan, composer

John Schaefer is host of WNYC’s Soundcheck and New Sounds.

Daniel & Joanna S. Rose Studio
165 W. 65th St., 10th Floor
New York, NY 10023

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When: Sat., Nov. 9, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Where: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
212-875-5000
Price: Free
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God was declared dead in 1966, no longer relevant to an increasingly secular society.

Today, people around the world ardently seek religious and faith-based experiences, at times with an intolerant fervor. How did we vacillate between such extremes in the span of only half a century? In modern society, few topics are as subject to ignorance, misunderstanding, and manipulation as religion. Although it is a central building block of human consciousness, we possess surprisingly little knowledge about religious traditions—both of others and our own. And what distinguishes religious beliefs from a more generalized “spirituality,” a frequent choice in our own time? Join WNYC’s John Schaefer and a group of leading thinkers for a spirited panel discussion exploring the many contradictions inherent in our understanding of religion and the evolutionary pathways of religious belief, as well as its intersection with science and art and resonance in our current challenging climate.

Seating is limited, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

John Schaefer, moderator
Marcelo Gleiser, theoretical physicist and astronomer
Rev. Winnie Varghese, director of justice and reconciliation, Trinity Wall Street
James MacMillan, composer

John Schaefer is host of WNYC’s Soundcheck and New Sounds.

Daniel & Joanna S. Rose Studio
165 W. 65th St., 10th Floor
New York, NY 10023

White Light

 

 

Buy tickets/get more info now