Interpreting and Embodying Sacred Texts in the Public Sphere

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by Theresa Ladrigan-Whelpley |

The 2012-13 Bannan Institute of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education featured a yearlong series of lectures and events around the topic: Sacred Texts in the Public Sphere. Leading into the 2012 presidential election in the United States, the fall quarter lectures explored the relationship between Christian Scriptures, national identity, and public conscience. In the winter quarter, conversation partners within the Institute expanded to consider the authority and content of sacred texts from diverse faith traditions and contexts, including the Hebrew Bible, the Qur’an, the Bhagavata Purana, various Buddhist sutras, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Institute concluded in the spring with events focused on how critical engagement with sacred texts and traditions is relevant to the work of a Jesuit, Catholic University. Many of the 2012-13 Bannan Institute lectures are available for viewing online at

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