3rd Nanzan Seminar for Religion & Culture (7-8 Jan 2018)
Nanzan Institute Research Meeting
Speaker 1: Hong Yi-Pyo
Topic: "What is the Japanese 'Mainland'?: Comparing Awareness among Japanese and Korean Christians
Speaker 2: Yokoi Momoko Topic: "Religion as the Defining Attributes of Cultural Activity: Sociological Data-Based Research"
Time: 6 October, 5:30–7:20 pm.
Place: Nanzan Institute for Religion & Culture, 2d Floor Reading Room Open Seminars Reading Endō Shūsaku Understanding the Core of Nishida’s Philosophy
Time: 5 October, 5:00–7:00 pm.
Place: Nanzan Institute for Religion & Culture, 2d Floor Meeting Room
One of Spinoza’s more famous, influential and incendiary doctrines concerns the origin and status of Scripture. The Bible, Spinoza argues in the Theological-Political Treatise , was not literally authored by God. God or Nature is metaphysically incapable of proclaiming or dictating, much less writing, anything. Scripture is not ‘a message for mankind sent down by God from heaven’. Rather, it is a very mundane document. Texts from a number of authors of various socio-economic backgrounds, writing at different points over a long stretch of time and in differing historical and political circumstances, were passed down through generations in copies after copies after copies.
What is being created here is a culture of victimhood in which 'Islamophobia' has become one-stop cause of the myriad of problems facing Muslims. Take, for instance, the social problems which beset Muslim communities. The figures are truly appalling. Bangladeshis and Pakistanis (who comprise most of Muslims in this country) are two and a half times more likely to be unemployed than are whites. Average earnings among Muslim men are 68 per cent that of non-Muslim men. 65 per cent of Bangladeshis are semi-skilled manual workers compared with 23 per cent among other ethnic minorities and 15 per cent among white Britons. Fifty four per cent of Pakistani and Bangladeshi homes receive income support. In 2000, 30 per cent of Pakistani students gained five or more good GCSEs, compared with 50 per cent in the population as a whole.