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Theology International Conference 2023

Faculty of Theologi, Universitas Sanata Dharma
Jl. Kaliurang Km. 7
Yogyakarta, ID

March 27, 2023 – March 28, 2023


Re-Imagining Theology, Religion, Culture, and Humanities Studies for Public Life
28-29 March, 2023 - Online Zoom, Start at 16:00 Western Indonesian Time (GMT +7)

Conference Focus
The dynamics of traditional religion in the public sphere no longer appear black and white, but rather as a richly colored reality that invites further interpretation. In the western hemisphere, various sociological studies show convincing predictions about the decline in affiliation with traditional religions, particularly among young people. Religion is no longer “the sacred canopy” and the final reference for interpreting human life’s struggles. However, in some other parts of the world (particularly Asia) religion appears to be very dominant, if not to say it is intrusive. Religion remains the main reference when people talk about res publica. When religion is still valued as the dominant reference, the challenge is to figure out how religion can avoid falling into internal debates about focusing on individual yet personal piety. The richness of religious traditions should be reinterpreted so that religion is able to make a positive contribution to the growth of collective determination to answer pressing public issues, such as the environmental crisis, conflict and migration, the dominance of economic sphere on the dynamics of politics and communal life, corruption, the widespread demand to recognize personal rights that have not been recognize in traditional societies.



















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