2007 Conference of the Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion (CSER)

Scripture and Skepticism: The Uses of Doubt in Biblical and Qur'anic Studies

Peter J. Shields Library Lobby Display Cases - Winter 2007

The Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion (CSER) is holding its 2007 conference, Scripture and Skepticism: The Uses of Doubt in Biblical and Qur'anic Studies, hosted by Allison P. Coudert, UC Davis' Paul and Marie Castelfranco Professor of Religious Studies, from January 25-28, 2007, at the University of California, Davis. The conference will feature sessions on The origins of the Qur'an, The uses of skepticism and suspicion in biblical studies, The historical Muhammad, Contemporary views of Jesus, and Biblical and Qur'anic mythology. Presenters and honorees will include a virtual who's who of scientific religious scholarship: James Tabor, Gerd Lüdemann, Robert Price, John Dominic Crossan, David Noel Freedman, R. Joseph Hoffmann, Van Harvey, James Robinson, Elaine Pagels, and Naomi Janowitz, as well as Islamicists Andrew Rippin, Ibn Warraq, Alfred-Louis de Prémare, Gerd-Rüdiger Puin, Herbert Berg, and many others. View the updated conference program schedule. (http://www.centerforinquiry.net/cser/conference2007/conf-schedule.html)

The materials presented in this exhibit—primarily books from Shields Library general collection—provide examples of the published works of invited honorees and presenters scheduled to appear at the upcoming conference. Also included are selected works that reflect the legacy of skepticism and the "hermeneutics of suspicion" in the study of sacred texts, founders and ideas.

For additional information about this exhibit, please contact Humanities, Social Sciences & Government Information Services Librarian Roberto Delgadillo, 530-752-8266 or rdelgadillo@ucdavis.edu.

Please visit the Selected Bibliography for this exhibit.