Woolman Lecture Series
Lecture titles: Chapel Address: New Worlds Of Faith: Reading the Bible in New Churches March 13 10:30 a.m. Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts Lecture: Laying Down the Sword: How Christians and Muslims Confront the Violence in their Scriptures March 13 7:30 p.m. Johnson Center, Room 106 The Bible contains some extraordinarily violent passages in which God commands acts of genocide, ethnic cleansing and mass murder. In recent times, and as Westerners have responded to violent scriptures in Islam, there has been an increasingly urgent need to confront the texts of terror in their own heritage. Yet read with understanding, even what seem like the worst and grimmest texts can become a means of strengthening and enriching Christian faith. Lecture: Christianity, Islam and Europe's Religious Crisis March 14 7:30 p.m. Johnson Center, Room 106 In recent years American commentators have expressed alarm about the fate of religion in Europe, and whether Christianity might fade away altogether, and even to be replaced by Islam. What is the state of both religions in Europe, and what impact will current changes have on the United States?