Discerning Ethical Wisdom in an Age of Moral Disorientation

Date(s) - 09/20/2014
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Northway Christian Church


Discerning Ethical Wisdom in an Age of Moral Disorientation
Eighth W.A. Welsh Seminar
September 20, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Northway Christian Church, Dallas

This seminar is a multi-cultural primer in practical moral knowledge. It focuses on the question, “How can one live the good life in an age of moral anomie and indifference—when virtually all values and norms are up for grabs?” Professor Hill addresses this crisis by re-claiming ethical wisdom from ancient and modern European, as well as non-western, traditions. The first lecture contextualizes the problem by describing how the U.S. constitutes an empire that is comparable to earlier British and Roman counterparts, but which is also uniquely plagued by the ideology of scientism. The following lectures then draw on early Christian, Stoic and enlightenment “philosophical therapists” in Roman and British empires, who offered practical guidance on issues of value and character. Finally, moral insights from global neighbors at the periphery of today’s empire, such as Jamaican Rastafarians, South African visionaries, and Pacific Island story-tellers, are integrated with those from western sources.

20140920_Jack_HillJack A. Hill, Professor of Religion, Texas Christian University
Jack A. Hill lectures on Christian and comparative religious ethics, ecology, and world religions. His major publications include Ethics in the Global Village: Moral Insights for the Post 9-11 USA (2008), Seeds of Transformation: Discerning the Values of the Next Generation (1998), and I-Sight: The World of Rastafari (1995); in addition to numerous articles and three textbooks on ethics and theology. Professor Hill has also pastored congregations, coordinated peace and justice programs and served as an ethics consultant in the U.S., Fiji and South Africa. He is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) minister, a trained mediator and teaching mentor. Recently, he served as the President of the American Academy of Religion in the Southwest, and last year received the 2013-14 Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorship (Distinguished Chair) Award for Aberdeen University. He is married with two daughters and two grandchildren.