[W]e are today witnessing the return of religion. As the French writer and statesman André Malraux predicted, the twenty-first century would be religious. This is why it is important—and perhaps why it is the duty of us academics and intellectuals—to find new ways of thinking about religion in a world where unthinking and depraved uses of religion can be dangerous. We should not forget, however, that for many linking rhetoric and religion remains new and daring. – Laurent Pernot, “The Rhetoric of Religion”
On October 4 – 7, 2018, the University of Tennessee – Knoxville (UTK) is hosting the Conference on Rhetoric and Religion. Veritas UT has been invited to participate in the academic conversation about the rhetoric of religion in public spaces. They consider this invitation an honor, and hope that those in the area and participating in the conference will join them for a panel discussion with the conference organizer, Professor Jeff Ringer, on Saturday, October 6, at 10:30 am (EDT).
Veritas UT has made special arrangements for free admission to the Saturday panel. Professor Emeritus John Hardwig and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA staff Julian Reese will discuss how an atheist and an evangelical Christian, through the Veritas Forum at UTK, forged a mutually productive rhetorical partnership in the context of a major public university. To RSVP, contact Julian Reese.
This is an important conference to understand the state of religious communication in our increasingly secular culture, especially in the University context. Follow the below conference links for more information:
The conference will be held at the UT Conference Center (the old Miller’s building) 600 Henley St, Knoxville, TN 37902. If you are in the area and / or participating in the conference, give prayerful consideration to attending the seminar.