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Sacred Truths in A Profane World

A Conversation with Sir Roger Scruton

Americans live in a diverse society held together by respect for constitutional government and secular law. We have an idea of citizenship as something shared between faiths, but we don't necessarily have a precise theory that integrates faith with citizenship. This gives rise to a belief that all aspects of the sacred and the divine can be privatized and removed from the public square.

Now, when we witness the degradation of our culture, we don't believe we have a right to interfere, which leads to the dangerous idea that the secular state is a spiritual desert and not a real home for people of faith. 

The British political philosopher Sir Roger Scruton believes religious communities must offer a vision of political order in which the sacred and the eternal are once again acknowledged as objects of our deepest desires. Join us for an enlightening address by Sir Roger, followed by an on-stage conversation with President Hamza Yusuf, about a renewed vision for the future of faith in American democracy.

Reception begins 5:30 pm PST | Monday, April 23, 2018

Program and livestream begin 6:00 pm PST 

Venue: Zaytuna College, Berkeley, California

This is a free event hosted by Renovatio: The Journal of Zaytuna College.

Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton

Sir Roger Scruton is an award-winning philosopher of politics and aesthetics.

He has authored over 50 books on culture, philosophy, and religion. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from University of Cambridge in 1972 and is currently pursuing his interest in the philosophy of music. He is a freelance journalist and a visiting professor of humanities at the University of Buckingham.

Hamza Yusuf

Hamza Yusuf

Hamza Yusuf is the president of Zaytuna College.

He is an advisor to the Center for Islamic Studies at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union. He also serves as vice-president for the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, which was founded and is currently presided over by Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah, one of the top jurists and masters of the Islamic sciences in the world.