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Paul L. Heck, Ph.D. Presents “The Prophecy of Islam: Implications for Christians”
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Church ceilingThe Center for Catholic Studies, The Department of Catholic Studies, The Department of Religion, and the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy present a Fall 2012 Lecture, entitled “The Prophecy of Islam: Implications for Christians.” 

The lecture will be held Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 4 p.m., at the Helen Lerner Amphitheatre in McNulty Hall. Paul L. Heck, Ph.D. of Georgetown University will present. All are welcome to attend, and the event is free of charge.

“Islam changed me in a profound way. The sight of this faith, of these people living continually in God’s presence, helped me perceive something greater than worldly concerns.” -Blessed Charles de Foucauld

In the midst of many issues between Muslims and Christians there is the ambiguity surrounding the status of the Prophet Muhammad. No clear statement has been made by Christian leaders on this issue. Is there any sense in which Islam can offer a prophetic voice for Christians? In what way does it meet the conditions of Christian prophecy and in what way does it differ from them? How these questions are answered will have tremendous implications for global harmony for decades and centuries to come. Some 50 years after Nostra aetate, the Second Vatican Council’s statement on inter-religious dialogue, join one scholar as he reflects on these questions in the light of his own Christian experience.

Paul L. Heck, Ph.D. is a member of the Department of Theology at Georgetown University. He received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in Islamic Studies. His interests include the history of skepticism, the role of spirituality in Muslim society, religious humanism, and questions of political theology in the monotheistic religions. His latest book was Common Ground: Muslims, Christians, and Religious Pluralism, and his forthcoming book is entitled Skepticism in the Golden Age of Islam.

Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, The Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture through scholarly research and publications and ongoing programs for faculty, students, and the general public. In 2001, the Center conducted the annual faculty summer seminar, "The Core of the Core," which originated the present University Core Curriculum. The Center also developed the undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies with its major, minor and certificate, which in 2012 became the Department of Catholic Studies. The Center continues to support the Department with scholarship aid and its ongoing program of co-curricular activities.

Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center is the primary sponsor of regular Faculty Development programs, including lectures, seminars and retreats. The Center also administers two national faculty development programs: Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life, and The Lilly Fellows Program.
The Center maintains a global focus in international scholarship and is the home of G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, as well as the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. The Micah Institute for Business and Economics concentrates on communicating Catholic Social Teaching and ethics to business education at Seton Hall and the wider business community. The Institutes offer opportunities for study and research, as well as ongoing programs related to faith and culture. The Center also publishes the prestigious Chesterton Review, The Lonergan Review and Arcadia, a student journal. As of Fall 2012, The Newman Association of America will be housed under the auspices of the Center for Catholic Studies.

For more information, visit the Center for Catholic Studies.

For more information please contact:
Sarah Adlis
(973) 275-2175
sarah.adlis@student.shu.edu

 

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