Lecture: Indigenous Spirituality, Religious Freedom and the Secular State
Monday 2 November, 20:00 - 21:30
This lecture will explore the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2017 ruling concerning a proposal to build a ski resort on land considered sacred by the Ktunaxa Nation, an indigenous group whose traditional territory spans the Canada-USA border. In so doing it will raise questions about the nature of secularity and in particular about the secular state’s self-justifying claim to being the neutral guardian of religious freedom.
Dr. John-Harmen Valk is a professor at the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion with an interest in international relations, political theory, and philosophy. His most recent publication was titled “Religiosity with/out Religion: Hans J. Morgenthau, Disenchantment and International Politics”, so if you are interested in the area where international relations, secularism, and religion intersect, come to the Lutherse Kerk and ask your questions in person.