Theology and Religious Studies Department Professors Beatrice Lawrence and Wes Howard-Brook are joined by Mohammad Fani for an interfaith discussion of religion’s role in political violence on November 10. The focus will be on “Christian” war-making, “Muslim” terrorism, and Israel’s “Jewish” military actions against Palestinians.
The panel will explore how each scriptural tradition does or does not support violence and how these traditions have been used or abused by peoples and nations seeking to find religious legitimation for violence.
Lawrence, assistant professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies, focuses her scholarship on identity, gender, and diversity within Judaism. Howard-Brook teaches Christian theology and the New Testament. His latest book, “Come Out, My People!:” God’s Call Out of Empire In the Bible and Beyond (Orbis 2010) addresses the question of “religion” in the Bible and its relationship to “sacred violence” and empire. Fani is the Director of Interfaith Dialogue at the Cascadia Center at Camp Brotherhood and a member of the scriptural reasoning at Seattle University.
The presentation, which is free and open to the public, takes place on November 10 at 7 p.m in Wyckoff Auditorium.
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