RUSSLR 2014 Law and Religion Oration: Equality, Religion and Nihilism

Equality is the master political concept of our age. Its mastery is reflected both in academic discussions and in the stunning speed with which same-sex marriage or marriage equality has been accepted, or imposed, in the United States and elsewhere. This lecture will unravel the relationship between equality and religion. It will reflect on the various dimensions of equality, and on its potential in a morally pluralistic world to become a nihilistic force in politics and culture.

Presenter: Steven D. Smith
Steven Smith is a Warren Distinguished Professor of Law and the Co-Director of Institute for Law and Religion at the University of San Diego.Before moving to San Diego, he was the Robert and Marion Short Professor at Notre Dame Law School and the Byron R. White Professor of Law at the University of Colorado. Professor Smith earned his B.A. at Brigham Young University and his J.D. at Yale Law School. He is the author of numerous articles and books on religion and jurisprudence, including The Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom (Harvard 2014), The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse (Harvard 2010), and Foreordained Failure: The Quest for a Constitutional Principle of Religious Freedom (Oxford 1995).

Event Details
Date: Tuesday 5 August 2014
Time: 6.00-7.00pm
Venue: Moot Court Room, Ligertwood Building, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide
Cost: FREE
Registration: Click here to register
Contact: Associate Professor Paul Babie

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