Religious Contagion and Social Progressivism: Then and Now
This Rudin lecture is hosted in partnership between Auburn Seminary and the Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership at New York University.
A free public presentation by Dr. Matthew Day, assistant professor of religion at Florida State University, on the historical connection between religious fervor and progressive politics, followed by a conversation moderated by Valarie Kaur, founding director of Groundswell, with:
Rev. Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite, professor of theology at Chicago Theological Seminary,
Rev. Dr. Dwight Hopkins, professor of theology and director of MA studies in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, and others to be announced.
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About the lecture:
Since the 18th century, religious fervor has inspired movements for equality and social justice in France, England, and the United States. What can we learn from the historical connection between religious fervor and progressive politics? What are other historical periods of religious “contagion” and what can contemporary movements, from Tahrir Square to Occupy, teach us about religious “contagion” today?