2015–2016 Lecture Series: FAITH AND DOUBT

Welcome to the Boston University Institute for Philosophy & Religion!

We are excited for this year’s lecture series, “Faith and Doubt,” and hope you will join us as this stimulating and challenging discussion unfolds.

Please view the program for a complete list of this year’s lectures, and join us for the seventh lecture in our series:

The Devil Probably: Death and Despair in the Late Films of Robert Bresson”
James Quandt
Senior Programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival Cinematheque and frequent contributor to Artforum International.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Theology, Room 325
745 Commonwealth Avenue

Professor C. Stephen Evans delivered a thoughtful and clear lecture on Kierkegaard’s philosophy of faith, and on the often missed distinction between doubt and uncertainty, and for this we want to offer him our thanks. He has given us much to consider as we head into our winter break. Video of his talk is available here.

Our thanks to Professor Charles Kimball, who delivered a lecture on the future of Islam, particularly in the Middle East. Although many of these Muslim majority nations are involved in strife–internal, external, or both–Prof. Kimball provided reasons to believe that the future of Islam is very hopeful, and that it is capable of playing an enormously important and positive role on the world stage, as it has since its founding. Video of his talk can be viewed here.

Thank you to Professor Christopher Ricks for his eloquent lecture on faith, doubt, and the relationship between them in the poetry of Tennyson and the writings of T.S. Eliot. The video of this lecture is now available here.

Professor Dale Wright presented his take on the philosophy of enlightenment in Mahayana Buddhism, including a fascinating approach to the nature of faith and doubt. Video of the lecture, “The Buddhist Journey from Ethics to Religion, and Back,” is available here.

Professor Michael Zank gave us a deep look at the philosophy of Leo Strauss, and drew some interesting distinctions between faith and doubt, on the one hand, and belief and unbelief, on the other. A video of his lecture, “Belief and Unbelief: A Straussian Perspective,” is now available here.

Thank you to Professor Jennifer Herdt for a wonderful start to our series! The video of her talk, “Faith (and Doubt?) Among the Virtues,” is now available here.

Our full schedule of this past year is here

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