Divinity School

Ethical grounding

“We live in a culture of chatter but inarticulacy. People have a difficult time talking about what is deepest for them. The study of religion is one way to become articulate about the most profound matters of life,” says William Schweiker. “The traditions we study in Swift Hall are millennia-old, and they will be around as long as there are human beings on this planet. In the Divinity School, we try to educate people to think about and even inhabit these traditions in more complex and humane ways.”

Schweiker is the Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics in the Divinity School and the College and the director of the Martin Marty Center. He teaches in several areas of the Divinity School as well as in the College’s Core and the Fundamentals and Environmental Studies programs; serves as a dissertation adviser; and conducts research on religious and philosophical thinking about moral and political issues.

As Director of the Martin Marty Center, Schweiker leads the Divinity School’s institute for advanced research in all aspects of the study of religion. The Center hosts conferences throughout the year and sponsors advanced PhD and postdoctoral fellowships bringing interdisciplinary scholarly perspectives to bear on religious questions facing the wider public.

Read Schweiker’s paper describing the main points of Religion and the Human Future: An Essay in Theological Humanism, his 2008 book cowritten with David E. Klemm and his notes from a talk he delivered at a Martin Marty Center conference.

Learn more about the Martin Marty Center.

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