Virtues for Global Flourishing


Date and Time

Monday, May 2, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre




Virtues for Global Flourishing with Neil Ormerod, PhD

Social, political, economic and cultural commentators are arguing that human history is reaching a decisive stage in its development - a stage marked by increased interconnection between individuals, the compression of space and time, a sharing of ideas at unprecedented levels, global trade and finance, and so on. The shorthand word used to encompass these phenomena is “globalization”. Some embrace it, others reject it and still others dispute its existence. From its inception in the missionary mandate of Jesus (Matthew 28), Christianity is not a spectator to globalization but one of its agents. It is one of the forces at work which have extended interconnection between peoples, shared ideas and promoted social, political, and cultural links.

Professor Neil Ormerod addresses the religious response to the impact of globalization on vital, social, cultural, personal, and religious values. In particular, this lecture will explore the notion of ‘virtue’ in a globalizing world and ask whether religion can be understood as a virtue before exploring emergent global virtues which pose a challenge to all faiths. 

Professor Ormerod began his career as a mathematician and holds a PhD in Pure Mathematics from the University of New South Wales and a Doctorate in Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity. His recent books include Globalization and the Mission of the Church and Trinity: Retrieving the Western Tradition

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