Our everyday lives depend on publicly accountable words, ordinary forms of truth-telling that give reliable knowledge and support trustworthy relationships. Whether on the witness stand, in the political arena, or during a counseling session, the pervasive practice of “testimony” has striking similarities along with important distinctions. We will study this practice from the perspectives of law, philosophy, marketing, holocaust studies, and more to sense what is fully involved when we know something through testimony. Insights from practical theology will likewise help us to sense the faith implications of this practice in its many venues, and how faithful people might provide a more ample witness of their own in a time of suspicious and hostile words.
Day, Time and Dates:
Tuesdays, from 7 p.m. to 9:20 p.m., beginning January 31