The Interfaith Dialog Series will continue with its 4th dialog in which representatives of various faith communities make presentations from their own perspectives on whatever the theme of the dialog is. In the past, such topics as the understanding of deity and the origin of evil and suffering have been addressed.
The venue for this event is the Tsukuba Information Center located next to Nova Hall, and the time is 2 to 5 pm, Sunday, October 18. The topic this time is to center on what each tradition views as the basis for its system of moral and ethical values, and what the origin of those values is. For instance, does one view them as having been directly dictated by God or as having been developed by human society over a long period of time (or some combination thereof)? Are the specifics of these worldviews flexible and changing, or are the viewed as something that humans must maintain without adaptations?
These and other aspects of this interesting and vital subject will be addressed by representatives of at least Islam, Christianity and Buddhism and perhaps others. Representatives from other viewpoints Eincluding "scientific secularism" have participated in the past, and are, of course, welcome to join in this discussion as well. Anyone interested in making a presentation from a different faith tradition should contact one of the organizers listed below.
The format will be that of a 10-20 minute talk by each presenter to be followed by questions and answers. This is not a debate, and so questions are to be limited to asking for clarification and understanding. Arguing debate style is discouraged, though, of course, some try to do that anyway. The purpose of this exercise is simply to try to understand the worldviews of other faith traditions from your own, in order to see where the similarities and differences lie. The formal session will be followed by a period of informal discussion around light refreshments. For further information, call Tariq at 59-0838 or Tim at 55-1907.
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