Gordon in the News: last updated 10/20/2006

Can We Be Good Without God? Yale Professor, John Hare, In Rare Two-day Lecture Appearance

Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA - Dr. John Hare, author and Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale University, will speak on Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24 at Gordon College.

A reception for Dr. Hare will take place on Thursday, March 23 at 4 p.m. followed by his first lecture titled Kant and the Rational Instability of Atheism in the Presidents Dining Room of the Lane Student Center at 4:30 p.m. On Friday, March 24, Hare will speak in the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel on the topic Can We Be Good Without God?

Hare is the author of The Moral Gap, God's Call and Why Bother Being Good? In his best seller, The Moral Gap, Hare develops an account of the need for God's assistance in meeting the moral demand of which God is the source. God's Call discusses the divine command theory of morality, analyzing texts in Duns Scotus, Kant and contemporary moral theory and in Why Bother Being Good? Hare gives a non-technical treatment of the questions, 'Can we be morally good?' and 'Why should we be morally good?'

Hare has also written a commentary on Plato's Euthyhphro in the Bryn Mawr series, and Ethics and International Affairs, with Carey B. Joynt. His interests extend to ancient philosophy, medieval Franciscan philosophy, Kant, Kierkegaard, contemporary ethical theory, the theory of the atonement, medical ethics and international relations.

In addition to his work as a published author and faculty member at Yale University, Hare has worked for the Foreign Affairs Committee for the United States House of Representatives and is a published composer of church music.

This lecture is part of the Lilly Endowment initiative-Critical Loyalty: Faith Seeking Understanding Lecture Series at Gordon College. The lectures are free and open to the public. For further information on this event, contact Sarah Carlson-Lier, Program Coordinator for the Jerusalem Athens Forum, Gordon College, at 978.867.4227 or email your questions to Sarah.Carlson@Gordon.edu.

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