Co-sponsored by the Committee on Social Thought
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The Lumen Christi Institute is pleased to co-sponsor a symposium at the University of Chicago entitled “God, Freedom, and Public Life” on the occasion of the publication of Francis Cardinal George’s book God in Action: How Faith in God can Address the Challenges of the World.
The symposium will feature contributions from Jean Bethke Elshtain (University of Chicago), Hans Joas (University of Chicago), Martin Marty (University of Chicago), and Francis Cardinal George, OMI (Archbishop of Chicago).
Jean Bethke Elshtain is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics, Divinity School, The University of Chicago, with appointments in Political Science and the Committee on International Relations and holder of the Leavey Chair in the Foundations of American Freedom, Georgetown University. Elshtain is the author of Public Man, Private Woman: Women in Social and Political Thought and Augustine and the Limits of Politics.
Hans Joas is a Permanent Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and Professor of Sociology and a Member of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Joas has taught at many institutions as a visiting professor, most recently in Berlin, and has published several books on social theory, most notably The Creativity of Action.
Martin Marty, an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he taught for 35 years and where the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion has since been founded to promote “public religion” endeavors. The author of over fifty books, Marty has written the three-volume Modern American Religion as well as Politics, Religion and the Common Good.
Francis Cardinal George, OMI is the first Chicago native to become Archbishop of Chicago. A member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, George is the sixth Cardinal to lead the 2.3 million Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago. He has assumed a prominent position among U.S. Cardinals, serving as the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2007 to 2010. In addition to his most recent book, he is also author of The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion and Culture.