Despite the prognostications of some, religion has not withered away in the face of secularization, nor has the influence and importance of religion in public life. For a democratic polity, the proper place of religion in public life remains an issue to weigh carefully, especially since the common good demands both respect for the difference of belief and a place for religious claims about human dignity and purpose. Religious belief is personal, but hardly private, and the voice of religion in the public square as vital as ever. How does religion contribute to our common political flourishing?
The Agora Institute's lecture series on Institutions of the Common Good continues this spring on February 20th, with a public lecture at 8:00 pm in the McInnis Auditorium on the St. David's campus of Eastern University with a lecture by the Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., D.D, Archbishop of Philadelphia, on Religion, the State, and the Common Good.
Appointed Archbishop of Philadelphia by Pope Benedict XVI on July 19, 2011 and installed as the 13th bishop and ninth archbishop of Philadelphia on September 8, 2011, Archbishop Chaput is a widely known voice on religion in public life. He's addressed the topic in Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life (Doubleday, 2008) and through numerous talks, articles, essays, and pastoral letters.
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