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Release: Oct. 16, 2002

UI visitor to speak on religious confusion Oct. 21

John P. Reeder, a professor of religious studies at Brown University, will speak on “Why Are We So Confused About Religion?” Monday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 40 Schaeffer Hall. Reeder was invited by the department of religious studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to deliver the 2002 James C. Spalding Memorial Lecture.

Reeder has taught at Brown for more than 30 years. He works principally in Western philosophy and Christian ethics, with comparative interests in Judaic and Buddhist thought. His major areas of interest include moral concepts such as justice, love, and care; moral diversity and concepts of common morality; and moral issues such as abortion, hunger, war, and euthanasia.

He has edited and contributed to two volumes with Gene Outka, Religion and Morality (Doubleday 1973) and Prospects for a Common Morality (Princeton 1993). He has published Source, Sanction, and Salvation: Religion and Morality in Judaic and Christian Traditions (Prentice-Hall 1988) and Killing and Saving: Abortion, Hunger, and War (Penn State 1996). He is at work presently on two projects, one on justice and love, and another on common morality and secularism. He currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Religious Ethics.

James C. Spalding taught in the UI School of Religion for 36 years and served as its director from 1971-1979. During his tenure he taught a wide range of courses for undergraduates, advised more than 40 Ph.D. students and oversaw a reorganization of the school's Board of Fellows. The James C. Spalding Memorial Lecture was established in his honor after his death in 1996.