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Religion in Sarasota (Talking Religion): “The Pursuit of Pleasure as Religious Endeavor: A Joint Jewish-Muslim-Christian Struggle”

Thursday, March 5, 2020,5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST

Pleasure is not usually thought of as the object of theological reflection, and yet religious thinkers—Jewish, Christian, Muslim—have long seen pleasure as the mark of the fully religious life. Is there a divine purpose to our pleasure pursuits? In this talk, Paul Heck shares reflections on pleasure from leading religious thinkers of past centuries, the likes of Ghazali (d. 1111), Erasmus (d. 1536), and Hermann Cohen (d. 1918). Although from different traditions, they all saw pleasure, if pursued fully, as a source of divine guidance.

How can their reflections on pleasure help us negotiate conundrums around today’s pleasure pursuits, which are increasingly shaped by technology, and also help us identify the qualities of pleasure that is truly satisfying?

Visit religionsacrosscivilizations.org to learn more.