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   Communities in Conversation: Dr. Leora Batnizsky, "How Judaism Became a Religion"

   Date : Monday, 30 September 2013       From : 6:00pm   To : 8:00pm
   Category : Lectures/Conferences/Symposia       Location : Blount/Buckman Lobby

   Event Description :

Dr. Leora Batnitzky will begin Rhodes College's 2013-14 Communities in Conversation lecture series by presenting the story of how Judaism came to be defined as a religion in the modern period. Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 6 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on the Rhodes campus. There will be a brief reception for the event beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Batnitzky currently serves as chair of the Department of Religion at Princeton University, and she is one of today's leading scholars in the philosophy of religion and modern Jewish thought.

Her presentation will explore the ongoing debate among Jewish thinkers about how Judaismó largely a religion of practice and public adherence to lawócan fit into a modern, Protestant conception of religion as an individual and private matter of belief and faith.

Moreover, she will explore how this idea of religion came to dominate our modern conception of religion, even though it does not fit well with non-Protestant groups. She considers the reasons some modern Jewish thinkers nonetheless came to redefine Judaism in this light, while others redefined Judaism as a culture or as a nation.

For more information, contact Dr. Jonathan Judaken, the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities at Rhodes, at (901) 843-3292 or

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