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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. From a more generalized “spirituality” to intersections with science and art, religion has continued to powerfully resonate in our current challenging climate. 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.

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


165 W 65th St 10th Floor


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White Light Conversation: Let’s Talk About Religion

Panel Discussion moderated by John Schaefer

Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 3:00 pm Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Studio

Add to Calendar America/New_York White Light Conversation: Let's Talk About Religion - A spirited discussion on the role of religion through the ages Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Studio, 165 W 65th St 10th Floor, New York, NY 10023 Lincoln Center false MM/DD/YYYY aho3e0k00zv7rk56sm4e178

John Schaefer, moderator
Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of the Episcopal Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary

Marcelo Gleiser, theoretical physicist and astronomer
James MacMillan, composer

Stephen Prothero, author, Religious Literacy
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