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RELIGION, KNOWLEDGE, SOCIETY

conferences & seminars

Religion, Knowledge, Society (RKS) is an annual/biannual academic event, conference and seminar, with international and national editions, that intend to be a forum of academic debates regarding the relation between religion, knowledge, society, philosophy in a trans-disciplinary method.

This scientific conferences and seminars are organized by Faculty of Theology, Ovidius University of Constanța (Romania). 

Each edition of RKS, conference and seminar, is addressed to professors, researchers, PhD students.

RKS conferences 2016-2019

RKS seminars 2016-2019

7th International Conference RKS

"RELIGION IN TRANSITION.

Experiences of past, challenges of today, reconfigurations for tomorrow"

10-11 May 2021

Theme

Transition of society from modernism to postmodernism, from different ideological and social policies to new ones, placed religion in a dynamic of significance, adaptation, position in relation with secular condition of the world. Some sociologists and theologians have stated few theses that advanced, starting with the 20th century, the minimization of the position of religion in the configuration of social space: demystifying the world through rationalization, stadial consciousness theory, declining religious authority, the theory of religion disappearance. All this indicated a negative prognosis for the future of religion. Despite the reality of secularization and its effects on religion, P. Berger observed at the beginning of the 21st century a completely unexpected metamorphosis and contrary to the pessimism of the persistence of religion in society, which leads him to enunciate a new reality: desecularization of the world. The conference intends to analyze these new trends of relation between religion and society, religion and secularization, religion and culture, religion and philosophy and also the new conditions that derives from them.

 

Subthemes

  • Religion, secularization, society: trends and theories;

  • Valences of secularism as a political philosophy;

  • Revitalization of religion in forms of secular spirituality;

  • Social transition: political, religious and philosophical perspectives;

  • Christianity in Eastern and Western Europe after the experience of communism;

  • Religion in and after pandemic crises;

  • State and Church: two antagonistic realities?

  • Fundamentalism as a reaction to secularization;

  • Religious freedom and tolerance in the globalized society.

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7th International Seminar RKS

CHALLENGES OF PANDEMIC CRISIS.

The possibility of an integrative relation between faith and science?

19-21 November 2021

The pandemic situation reconfigures many of the social aspects: the relationship between people, the digitalization of the educational process, the economic dynamics, etc. Beyond the negative aspects of this crisis caused by SARS-CoV-2, we can also reflect on a problem present in academic research: the relationship between faith and science. It is an indisputable fact that, unlike some sociological views that advance the disappearance of religion in competition with secularization, people who believe in God pray for healing from illness or for not getting sick. But is faith alone enough? Medicine as a product of science has an indisputably positive and effective contribution to the healing of people. Can we think of an integrative relationship between faith and science in this pandemic condition? This international seminar intends to explore analytically, critically and constructively an answer to this question.

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