2016 Annual Lecture Christianity and Society: Does Society Need Scruples?

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Datum / Tijd
di 22 maart
10:15 - 16:30

Tilburg University
Warandelaan 2
5000 AB Tilburg


About the theme
In our secular Western society, we enjoy freedom and welfare at a level unrivalled in history. High efficiency levels generated high income per capita but, at the same time, at tremendous cost of humanity: eventually our sense of moral and human dignity is at stake.
Liberal welfare states have become a framework of paradoxes: extremely high personal incomes for a few, poverty and marginalization for many; permanent jobs for a few, flexible labour for many. We have been poor stewards, leaving future generations an earth that is too warm and depleted of resources. Are we willing to share some of our wealth with refugees who have lost everything?
Churches have witnessed diminished attendance, while at the same time spiritual centres flourish and monasteries receive more guests than ever.
A pastoral message of hope is badly needed: a theological language to enable a dialogue with both secular atheists and Islam. The social teaching of the Church may guide us towards a society based on equality and solidarity.

When & where: Tuesday 22 March 2016.
Tilburg University, Dante-building room DZ – 01, Warandelaan 2, 5000 AB Tilburg.

Registration & information:
The lecture is free of charge. If you wish to attend, please register by filling out the form on our website:
www.tilburguniversity.edu/annual-lecture or send an email to bureautst@uvt.nl no later than 15 March 2016.

For enquiries please contact the secretariat of the faculty, telephone 013 – 466 3800, email bureautst@uvt.nl

Keynote speaker Prof. dr. Tomásˇ Halík
Tomásˇ Halík may be best known for his book Patience with God: The Story of Zacchaeus Continuing in Us. In it, he invites us into the gospel story of Zacchaeus to reflect on a little man on the fringe of society. Like Zacchaeus we have questions and doubts and, like him, we need to respond to Jesus’ call and climb down from our comfort zone. His message points to believers and atheists alike. As seekers we have much in common since we both have been marginalised by a dominant secularism. He writes in a pastoral rather than a theological tone, which explains his vast audience.
Tomásˇ Halík, professor of Philosophy and Theology at Charles University in Prague, is a priest. He knows society without religion by experience. Tomás Halík is one of the most influential theologians of our time.

10.15 – 10.30 hrs Coffee and Tea
10.30 – 10.45 hrs Welcome and introduction, prof. dr. Roel van der Voort, chairman of the Centre of Social Teaching of the Church, Amsterdam Business School
10.45 – 11.05 hrs Prof. dr. Ronald Jeurissen, professor of Business Ethics at Nyenrode University
11.05 – 11.25 hrs Eefje de Gelder, MSc MA PhD student, Institute for Management Research, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
11.25 – 11. 45 hrs Dr. Kees de Groot, assistant professor, Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Department of Practical Theology and Religious Studies
11.45 – 12.15 hrs Prof. dr. Tomásˇ Halík
12.15 – 12.45 hrs Discussion
12.45 hrs Closure

13.00 hrs Lunch

14.15 – 14.30 hrs Coffee and tea
14.30 – 14.40 hrs Welcome, prof. dr. Marcel Sarot, Dean Tilburg School of Catholic Theology
14.40 – 14.50 hrs Retrospect, prof. dr. Roel van der Voort
14.50 – 15.35 hrs Annual Lecture ‘Reading the Signs of the Times’. Christianity between Secularity and Post-secularity, prof. dr. Tomásˇ Halík
15.35 – 15.50 hrs Statement, dr. Roshnee Ossewaarde-Lowtoo, postdoctoral researcher, Economy, Love and Human Perfection, Tilburg School of Catholic Theology/Goldschmeding foundation
15.50 – 16.05 hrs Statement, prof. dr. Peter Jonkers, professor Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Department of Systematic Theology and Philosophy
16.05 – 16.25 hrs Discussion, chaired by prof. dr. Marcel Poorthuis, professor Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Department of Biblical Studies and Church History
16.30 hrs Closure

D = Dante Building

The Annual Lecture ís made possible by the Centrum voor de Sociale Leer van de Kerk (CSLK),
katholiek netwerk voor inspiratie and dialoog DEZINNEN in The Hague and the Tsjechisch Centrum.