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Religious Literacy: Challenges for Today

Religious Literacy: Challenges for Today

Without religious literacy how can fiction be distinguished from truth? Join Nick Spencer and other international speakers to explore this question.

Religious Illiteracy means ignorance of core religious beliefs, symbols and practices operative within a culture. Many have noted that a feature of culture in Ireland is the increasing absence of ‘Christian literacy.’ There are obvious challenges in this for the well–being of Christian churches. The dangers for wider society must also be of concern. When ignorance replaces literacy a space is created wherein fundamental misunderstandings will occur. Ignorance will feed upon itself. Without religious literacy how can fiction be distinguished from truth? 

This symposium by Loyola Institute, Trinity College, Dublin will explore these questions from the perspective of both academics and practitioners. We will ask both why are things the way they are, and what can be done.

Join us at Trinity College on 16th January 2020 at 9.30am.

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Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer

Nick is Senior Fellow at Theos. He is the author of a number of books and reports, most recently The Political Samaritan: how power hijacked a parable (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Evolution of the West (SPCK, 2016) and Atheists: The Origin of the Species (Bloomsbury, 2014). Outside of Theos, Nick is Visiting Research Fellow at the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London and a Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion

JM Synge Theatre
Arts Building
Trinity College


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