The Four Great Religions Meeting
Theologian Hugo Zepeda, who was in charge of closing the meeting, highlighted the good work of the initiative that has brought people together to think more deeply about issues.
Organized by the Universidad Andrés Bello Viña del Mar, the “Las Cuatro Grandes Religiones” meeting (The Four Great Religions) was very well-received by the public, which lasted the month of July.
Teacher Eduardo Muñoz and theologian Hugo Zepeda were in charge of the sessions, which looked at the origins and the current views of Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity, highlighting the key milestones in the development of each faith.
The University and the Church
In the last session, the Chilean Hugo Zepeda, who is also a prominent lawyer, former priest, politician and university professor, as well as a theologian, emphasized the importance of the initiative’s activities that have addressed matters affecting religion today.
“This University Andres Bello initiative is very wise and factual, and a great extension in the role of the university. Remember that in the Middle Ages, universities sheltered under the umbrella of the church with the aim of finding the truth, through teaching and connecting with a social medium, which is outreach work, and these three pillars have never changed in universities. When you consider that we still use expressions used in universities that derive from the church, such as “claustro” (faculty meeting) and “bachillerato” (diploma), we cannot forget or ignore the church, especially when the community expresses much interest.”
In regards to the great interest of the meetings, which more than 700 people attended the four sessions, Zepeda said, “People have a hunger for knowledge, especially as many do not know much about religion, including Christianity itself. There then becomes a desire to gain and acquire knowledge about these matters. Furthermore, do not forget that the study of religion is part of our culture and is indispensable in this very materialistic age in which we live. People realize that they have a deeper need to be fulfilled which is more than just having or being, and this leads us to religion.”
The meeting was organized by the Student Outreach department at the university (Extensión Académica de la Dirección de Vinculación), which organizes events that promote culture and current affairs.
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Article by Valeria Aspillaga, a journalist and publicist at Universidad Andrés Bello. After 12 years of practicing as a journalist at El Mercurio de Valparaíso, Valeria became Economics Editor and Editor of the newspaper’s lifestyle magazine Mundo del Agro. She has also worked in public relations at the Servicio de Cooperación Técnica, Sercotec, in the municipality of Viña del Mar, and is now at Universidad Andrés Bello.
Source – Universidad Andrés Bello