Columbia University

Liberalism Without God?

November 12, 2018 at 8pm / Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall

Secular & Christian Scholars Discuss Faith & Freedom

Columbia University

The Veritas Forum at Columbia invites you to a discussion about faith and freedom featuring Mark Lilla and R.R. Reno, moderated by Luke Foster.

Where does our belief that humans have rights come from? We often discuss liberal values, but we rarely pause to evaluate the basis for these ideas.

Did our belief that humans have rights originate from religious beliefs? Was faith a necessary condition of the rise of modern liberalism?

What does a post-Christian liberal society look like? Can secularism account for our belief that humans have rights?

Does the inclusion of religion in political life make society more or less tolerant? How do faith and liberalism relate in the public square today?

This conversation will be moderated by Luke Foster, a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought and a 2015 graduate of Columbia College.

Following the moderated discussion, audience members are invited to continue the conversation at discussion tables with refreshments. These discussions will be led by some of our co-sponsors.

Admission is FREE. No ticket required.

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Mark Lilla

Professor of Humanities and Religion

R.R. Reno


First Things
Columbia University