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Karen Armstrong: Religion is NOT Inherently Violent

Guest Speaker: Mr. Jim Kenney, Co-Founder, Common Ground

This is a talk about the controversial thesis of Fields of Blood, the newest bestseller by renowned religious scholar Karen Armstrong.  The book is a strong and, at the same time, fascinating rebuke to emerging militant atheism (expressed more and more often these days in ignorant Islamophobia).  Above all, Fields is an evocative historical tour de force, and a profoundly informative account of the rise of fundamentalist movements in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  Finally, as the Washington Post puts it, "Her call to rededicate our religious selves to compassion, other-directed love, and service is downright rousing."

 Jim Kenney is founder and director of Common Ground, an adult study center focusing on the world's great religious, spiritual, philosophical, and cultural traditions and their implications for every dimension of human endeavor and experience. Jim lectures widely on a variety of subjects relating to politics, religion, history, and culture.  He is also is the Executive Director of the Interreligious Engagement Project (IEP21), working with global religious communities to address the world’s critical problems through cooperative partnerships with government, business, education, media, intergovernmental organizations, and civil society.  He is Co-Editor of Interreligious Insight: a Journal of Dialogue and Engagement, published internationally three times each year in the US and the UK by the World Congress of Faiths, the Interreligious Engagement Project, and Common Ground.  Jim and his wife Cetta just returned in October from the 2015 meeting of the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City.