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Red Victorian Lectures - Is the Bible a source for good in democratic discourse?

Is the Bible a source for good in democratic discourse? How to have better conversations about the Bible.

Have you ever said to someone, "the bible can be used to say anything" and felt like that was the end of the conversation? To a philosopher, such a statement is just the beginning. What does it mean to use a text? Do we really think the Bible is used to shape social and political policy? Who or what is talking with or through the Bible? Is this helping or hurting democracy? In this engaging talk, Michelle will introduce you to some methodologies of philosophy that you can use to engage in conversations about the Bible’s current role in our culture and politics with more nuance. We will take a jaunt through post-structuralism and post-post structuralism picking up the tools left by Roland Barthes, Marshall McHulan, Jurgen Habermas, and several others. Michelle will argue that the use of biblical language is ultimately a matter of the distribution of power and the levers of ideology and should be engaged with on those terms. But this talk isn’t about what Michelle thinks as much as it is about empowering you to think more sharply about the role of religiously infused language in our culture.


About our speaker: Michelle Krejci received her doctorate of philosophy in Biblical Studies from the University of Sheffield, England in 2012. She has written on the impact of radio in shaping the culture of mega churches and evangelicalism in the US, on the application of biblical language by activists with a progressive agenda, and wrote her dissertation on the role biblical language has played shaping sexual education policy in the US. She taught at the University of Sheffield and DePaul University before taking an abrupt turn and becoming a software engineer, which she argues is just logic. She’s no longer an academic but some people still think she’s smart.

The RedX lecture series is supported by the National Science Foundation, grant NSF DMS RTG 1501767.

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BYO Bottle, Food and share ;)

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