Rachel S. Mikva Ph.D., is the Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Center for Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary. Professor Mikva served as a congregational rabbi for thirteen years before returnign to academia. Her research and teaching focus on interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in various times and places, exploring how the ideas both shape and reflect the societies in which they unfold. She is especially interested in the intersectionof exegesis, culture and ethics.
Dr. Mikva will present her talk "Dangerous ideas in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.""We continue to wrestle with the role of religion in society, which has been both a force for great goodness and a pretext for horrific violence. The world of ideas is but one component of "religion," but it has always been critical in shaping religious action. This lecture will explore ideas within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam that are or have been considered "dangerous," working to understand the potentially constructive and destructive aspects of each concept. The goal of this critical examination is not to criticize, but to strenthen faith witha more sensitive and sophisticated appreciation for the possibilites of interpretation. Without dodging the dangers, we will also explore whether there are articulation of the concepts that can proactively reshape and refine them. With these tools, we hope to contribute to the work of transformation in the pulpit, the classroom, and the community."
When: 7p.m., February 5, 2015
Where: The University of Arizona Hillel Foundation, 1245 E. 2nd St., Tucson, AZ