Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson participates in a session at the Symposium on Spiritual Progress in Philadelphia. Photo by Simon Oosthuizen
On October 15-17, the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey held an international symposium to foster interdisciplinary dialogue on spiritual progress. The forum was an invitation-only event that brought the insights of major thinkers, which included Lord Jonathan Sacks, Marilynne Robinson, and Robert Bellah. The forum was chaired by our very own host Krista Tippett at Benjamin Franklin Hall of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia.
Thankfully, the symposium recorded Marilynne Robinson's conversation with other scholars during the symposium about her book Absence of Mind. In this first clip, Ms. Robinson says that "we have to accept our human exceptionalism" and sees it as "our human burden" and "not our boast":
And, here Ms. Robinson shares how she's been influenced by John Calvin and how his theology offers "a profound individualism and a profound sociality at the same time":
The complete audio of this symposium will appear on the Center of Theological Inquiry's website later this year.