Dr. David Burrell Compares Religion in UIndy’s Showers Lecture

The Showers Lecture is an annual event at the University of Indianapolis, featuring discussions with highly respected theologians. The 2010 University of Indianapolis Showers Lecture features Dr. David Burrell, emeritus professor of philosophy and theology at the University of Notre Dame. This Indianapolis education event is FREE to all Indianapolis people, and intended to enlighten the Indianapolis community about different aspects of various religions. Don’t miss this exciting and engaging Indianapolis event.

Dr. David Burrell turns the topic of this year’s Showers Lecture to interfaith relations. This respected philosophy and theology professor will deliver two lectures: “What I (as a Christian) Have Learned from Muslims Classical and Contemporary” at 4:00 pm and then at 7:00 pm “Persistent Problems in Muslim-Christian-Jewish Interactions.” Both speeches will take place in the McCleary Chapel, located on the second floor of the University of Indianapolis Schwitzer Student Center.

Burrell has been working on comparative issues in philosophical theology since 1982. He received an A.B. from the University of Notre Dame in 1954, an S.T.L. (Licentiate of Sacred Theology) from Gregorian University in Rome in 1960 and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1965. For more than two decades, Dr. David Burrell has immersed himself in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, attempting to decode the similarities and difference between these religious practices.

Burrell is he author of a number of articles and books about the Abrahamic faiths including is works Knowing the Unknowable God: Ibn-Sina, Maimonides, Aquinas (1986) and Freedom and Creation in Three Traditions (1993). He has also published two translations of he medieval Islamic scholar al-Ghazali, one of the most celebrated scholars in the history of Sunni Islamic thought. Al-Ghazali’s work includes the innovation of methodic doubt or skepticism. In this idea, the systematic process of doubting the truth of one’s beliefs is thought to strengthen resolve in one’s own spiritual ideas.

Burrell’s translations of this great scholars work include Al-Ghazali on the Ninety Nine Beautiful Names of God (1993) and Al-Ghazali on Faith in Divine Unity and Trust in Divine Providence (2001). Currently he is working on a translation of al-Ghazali’s Aims of the Philosopher.

Dr. David Burrell has worked as the Luce Professor of Abrahamic Faiths at Hartford Seminary and University of Hartford. In addition he has served as director of the University of Jerusalem’s program at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute. He currently works as a professor of philosophy and theology at the University of Notre Dame.

Hear Dr. David Burrell speak to interfaith relations between Christianity, Judaism and Islam this Tuesday, April 6 at the University of Indianapolis. His lectures are punctuated by a prayer break to allow Muslim audience members adequate time to both pray and attend his speeches. Join Indianapolis kids enrolled at the University of Indianapolis for an engaging lecture experience that is sure to change the way various religions are viewed in lieu of each other.

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Showers Lecture featuring Dr. David Burrell
Tuesday, April 6 at 4:00 pm and at 7:00 pm

McCleary Chapel in Schwitzer Student Center
University of Indianapolis
1400 East Hanna Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46227