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Conditional vs. Unconditional Love: Is Adult Love Always Conditional?

Guest Speaker: Scott Paeth, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies, DePaul University.

Dr. Scott Paeth, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University, will speak on the topic, Conditional Vs. Unconditional Love: Is Adult Love Always Conditional?  This presentation will look at the various ways that “love” is understood.  How does love function in adult relationships?  Is there any place for unconditional love in adult relationships, or is all love in some sense conditional?  Examining the idea of love from religious and psychological angles, Dr. Paeth will explore what it means for our lives and our relationships.

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 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 at  DePaul’s Department of Religious Studies, he focuses on one central question: What are the requirements for building sustainable bridges among individuals and communities with different religious cultures?