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Cardin Lecture speaker to focus on 17th-century Jewish philosopher’s view on Bible

| By Stephanie Weaver
Steve Nadler

Loyola University Maryland welcomes Steven Nadler, Ph.D., William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy, Evjue-Bascom Professor in Humanities, and Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for the Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. in McGuire Hall. A Kosher reception will follow the lecture.

Nadler’s lecture, “Spinoza on the Divinity of Scripture,” will focus on 17th-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza’s views on Scripture and the philosophical question raised by Spinoza’s claim that the Bible is not literally of divine origin, but a work of human literature.

Nadler received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. His research is devoted to the study of philosophy in the 17th century. His books include A Book Forged in Hell: Spinoza's Scandalous Treatise and the Birth of the Secular Age; The Philosopher, the Priest and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes; Spinoza: A Life; and Rembrandt's Jews, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest publication, completed in collaboration with his son Ben, is the graphic book Heretics! The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy.

The lecture is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. For more information or to register, visit http://www.loyola.edu/join-us/cardin-lecture.

About the Cardin Lecture

The Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture was established by the Jerome S. Cardin family to foster exploration of topics in the humanities pertinent to the Jewish and Christian traditions, particularly in the area of Jewish-Christian relations. The annual lecture, hosted by the Center for the Humanities at Loyola University Maryland, is open to the region’s academic and religious communities and the general public.

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