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Religion and Public Life in India: Paeth's First-Hand Observations

Dr. Scott Paeth, Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies at DePaul University, will speak on the topic, Religion and Life in India: Paeth’s First-Hand Observations.  In this session, Dr. Paeth will share with us his experiences of religious diversity in India during his recent visit.  He will discuss the role of religion in Indian society, the tensions between Hindus, Muslims, and Christians, and some of the unique ways that religion and secularism interact within Indian society.

Dr. Paeth holds a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in theology and ethics.  His research interests focus on the areas of applied ethics, public theology, and the work and legacies of Reinhold and H. Richard Niebuhr.  He teaches a number of classes including “Contemporary Moral Issues,” “Religion and Politics in the Contemporary United States,” and “Medicine, Ethics and Society.”  Dr. Paeth’s publications include "The Niebuhr Brothers for Armchair Theologians" (WJK 2014) and "Shaping Public Theology" (Eerdmans 2014).  As director of the Center for Interreligious Engagement atDePaul’s Department of Religious Studies, he focuses on one central question: What are the requirements for building