Symposium Focuses On "God And Morality" April 8

April 4, 2002

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Baylor University's Center for Christian Ethics and Institute for Faith and Learning will present a symposium on "God and Morality" from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the Paul W. Powell Chapel at George W. Truett Theological Seminary. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Dr. John E. Hare, professor of philosophy at Calvin College, will speak on the topic "Can we be moral without God?" during the afternoon session, with Baylor Distinguished Professor of Ethics Robert C. Roberts responding. During the evening session, Hare will address "Can we be moral with God?" - the relationship between God and morality - with the response by Dr. Elizabeth Newman, associate professor of theology and ethics at St. Mary's College.

Hare, who earned his doctorate from Princeton University, publishes widely on classical philosophy and contemporary ethical theory, with essays in Ancient Philosophy, International Journal of Applied Philosophy and Faith and Philosophy. The Baylor symposium honors his recent books, The Moral Gap: Kantian Ethics, Human Limits, and God's Assistance and God's Call: Moral Realism, God's Commands, and Human Autonomy.

Newman earned her master's of divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and her doctorate from Duke University. She has published articles on Christian ethics and Orthodox theology and is co-editor of the Studies in Baptist Life and Thought series. In addition, she is co-authoring a book on hospitality and the Christian college.

Roberts received his master's degree from Wichita State University and his doctorate from Yale University. A distinguished member of the Baylor faculty since 2000, Roberts has authored numerous books and articles on moral psychology and virtue ethics, including Taking the Word to Heart and Faith, Reason, and History: Rethinking Kierkegaard's "Philosophical Fragments." The first volume of his moral psychology, Emotions: An Essay in Aid of Moral Psychology, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

For more information on the symposium, call the Center for Christian Ethics at 710-3774 or visit their web site at

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