Fordham Professor to Explore Role of Hellenism and Early Christianity in Quest for Religious Liberty

Fordham Professor to Explore Role of Hellenism and Early Christianity in Quest for Religious Liberty


The Naples-based Christian Rights and Freedom Institute announces the next event in its series of lectures, films, and panel discussions for the 2016-17 Season. Tuesday, February 21 Dr. George E. Demacopoulos, Professor of Theology at Fordham University will speak on “The Role of Hellenism & Early Christianity in the Quest for Religious Liberty” at 3:30 p.m. The lecture will take place in the St. Katherine Parish Hall, 7100 Airport Road North, Naples.

Admission is open to the public; season subscribers are admitted free of charge.  The fee for all others is $10.

Professor Demacopoulos is the Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies at Fordham University, and is Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center.

“When the Founding Fathers of our United States established legal parameters that constitute what we call ‘religious liberty’, they drew upon the insights of the French Enlightenment philosophers, who themselves had drawn inspiration from Ancient Greece and Rome. But the Hellenism that animated the Enlightenment era was a selective and a decidedly pre-Christian Hellenism rather than the perfected Hellenism of 1000 years of Christian Roman Empire.”

“What are the consequences of this omission?  Has the cause of religious liberty been hampered by the exclusion of Christian teaching on the subject?  And how might the resources of Christian Hellenism be employed for the promotion of religious tolerance and multi-religious cohabitation?” asks Dr. Demacopoulos. The lecture will be followed by a brief question & answer period.

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About author

Carol Dimopoulos

Carol Hamilton Dimopoulos is a graduate of University of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign) ’66 with a major in Foods/Business and minor in Journalism. She worked as a reporter for the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, and as a medical editor for M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX. After her 3 children were born, she traveled the world with her husband’s work and settled in Bethlehem, PA where she became a volunteer for a non-profit regional youth ballet, Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. She served as Board President and CEO for 10 years for that organization. Six years ago Carol and Harry moved to Naples, FL where they became members and volunteers at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church and 3 years ago for the newly-formed Christian Rights and Freedom Institute. Carol is honored to be a contributor on their behalf to OCN.