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2016: Tradition, Secularization, Fundamentalism

Thursday, June 23 - Saturday, June 25, 2016
Fordham University School of Law
150 W. 62nd St. New York, NY

Listen to an interview about the conference on Ancient Faith Radio.

While the very meaning of the “secular” remains contested, Christians globally are self-identifying in different ways in relation to an imagined secularization, all the while discerning how to live as a tradition. This intersection between tradition, secularization and fundamentalism is especially evident in both post-Communist Catholic/Orthodox countries and the American context, where fundamentalist-like responses have emerged against the perceived threat of the secular.

Every three years, the Center produces the Patterson Conference on Orthodox/Catholic Dialogue. Previous conferences include, "Christianity, Democracy and the Shadow of Constantine” (2013), "Orthodox Constructions of the West" (2010) and "Orthodox Readings of Augustine" (2007). Publications have resulted from all three conferences. Proceedings from the first three conferences are currently available for online purchase, and the proceedings from "Tradition, Secularization, and Fundamentalism" are forthcoming from Fordham University Press (2019). 

The 2016 Patterson Conference is a featured event of the Fordham University Dodrabicentennial Celebration. Conference support provided by the Patterson Triennial Conference Endowment and the Ganister Orthodox Foundation Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.