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Freedom of Religion in a Secular Society @ Auckland University this Monday

September 8th, 2011 by Madeleine

Church and StateAs part of AUSA’s Human Rights week at the University of Auckland, and in association with Thinking Matters, Matt and I will be giving a free public lecture with Q&A on the topic “Freedom of Religion in a Secular Society” on Monday 12 September from 7-8.30pm in Clock Tower Lecture Room 032.

The Facebook page for this event states:

The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act states:

13 – Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and belief, including the right to adopt and to hold opinions without interference.

14 – Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form.

15 – Every person has the right to manifest that person’s religion or belief in worship, observance, practice, or teaching, either individually or in community with others, and either in public or in private.

  • How should we read these sections alongside idea that New Zealand is a secular society?
  • How should we read them alongside the viewpoint advanced most notably by philosophers such as John Rawls that religion should be privatised?
  • Does Separation of Church and State require Separation of Religion from public life?
  • Can we still have Freedom of Religion in New Zealand and hold to these views?
  • What approach is just and fair in a pluralistic society like ours?

Analytic Theologian and Ethicist, Dr Matthew Flannagan and Legal Scholar, Madeleine Flannagan (a post-graduate student in Law at Auckland) will give a joint lecture followed by a Q&A session on the topic Freedom of Religion in a Secular Society from 7.00-8.30pm on Monday 12 September 2011 in Clock Tower 032.

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