November 06, 2009

Stephen Post to Share Reasons Why Good Things Happen to Good People on Nov. 13


Stephen Post, author of "Why Good Things Happen to Good People," will share his philosophy about why doing good deeds results in good karma during a talk on campus next week.

"An Evening with Stephen Post" will take place at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, at Amasa Stone Chapel. Tickets are $20 per person and $5 with a student ID, with proceeds supporting emergency relief programs for global communities in need that are sponsored by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF).

The organizations will bring Post, a former Case Western Reserve University professor in bioethics, back to campus to offer his unique insights into the power of doing good and helping others.

"We feel truly honored to have Stephen Post to speak with us, a name many will recognize from his days as a Case Western Reserve Professor of Bioethics, Religion and Philosophy," says Pete Simko, a fourth-year student and president of the student organization Orthodox Christian Fellowship. "For all the time and effort he has contributed to the study of bioethics--including numerous books and research projects-- Dr. Post has also become a renowned expert on the subject of authentic love. His Institute for Research on Unlimited Love looks at altruism and compassion in the context of philosophy, scientific research and religion."

The group says the talk is not a religiously-focused event. Instead, it will focus on the power and benefits which result from doing good works, which is represented in various faiths and philosophies. The event is an opportunity to highlight the charitable works done around the world by the IOCC, and how others can find ways to give back to communities in need.

"We hope that those who attend will gain an understanding of why both OCF and IOCC contribute so much to looking after those in need, and we hope that Dr. Post’s talk will motivate us to live with a gentle heart—something found to lead to a more fulfilling, better life," Simko says. "In today’s society, proof of 'good things' happening to 'good people' is not necessary, but it is definitely very helpful."

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, November 6, 2009 01:49 PM | News Topics: Authors, Events, Students, news

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