Weekend Voices 3/15/08

Executive Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Contributing Producer: Jim Campbell

Topic: The keynote speech from the 2008 Camden Conference held in late February, 2008. Our speaker today is Harvard professor, Catholic priest, and world renowned expert on the theory of just wars, J. Brian Hehir.

The theme of the 2008 Camden Conference was “Religion as a Force in World Affairs” and Father Hehir’s task in his keynote was to offer an overview of the place and effect of religion in international diplomacy historically, today, and into the future. In the process, he discussed both the good and the bad effects of religion in international politics, the morality of using force in the context of historical just war theory, and what the fifteen-hundred year history of just war thinking tells us about about torture, pre-emptive strikes, and other issues that fill our headlines today.

Father Hehir was introduced at the conference by the Chair of the Program Committee, Jim Matlock.

For more information on the Camden Conference: www.camdenconference.org.

Voices will continue our special coverage of the conference and its theme, Religion as a Force in World Affairs, next Saturday, March 22 at 3 p.m. with a program featuring selections from talks given at the conference, produced,
as was this program, by Jim Campbell.