The Virtues Symposium


The Virtues Symposium

The Virtues Project explores ways that classical traditions of virtue, rooted in the transcendent, might serve as a potent antidote to the plummeting consensus in America on what it means to pursue the common good. Without ignoring or trivializing theological differences between Jews, Christians, and Muslims, the project seeks to foster a shared sense of purpose among scholars, faith leaders, and the broader public to restore an understanding of, and commitment to, the classical virtues that these monotheistic traditions have discovered and professed through the ages. Such a shared grounding can play a positive role in reestablishing a belief that as a society, we can overcome our differences and jointly pursue the common good.

The Symposium: “What Happened to Virtue, the Common Good, and Pluralism Teachings from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam” on May 19, 202 at the University of Chicago, and the scholarship that emerges from it, formed the cornerstone of a multi-year effort to re-introduce the virtues to American culture.

This symposium was part of this broader project that aims to revive the understanding of virtues central to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—virtues upon which important visions of peaceful pluralism and ideas of the common good have often been founded.

Source: Religious Freedom Institute (RFI)

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