Charles Kimball, Baptist Minister, on Religion's Potential Good or Evil

Annual Morrow-McCombs Lecture sponsored by Cal State San Bernardino and San Bernardino’s Human Relations Commission by Dr. Charles Kimball,
Presidential Professor and Director of the Religious Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma.  Kimball is an expert on Christianity, Judaism and Islam.  He wrote When Religion Becomes Lethal, The Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and When Religion Becomes Evil, Five Warning Signs. His talk is titled “Children of Abraham: Obstacles and Opportunities in the 21st Century.”  Admission and parking are free and open to the public.




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  • JOAN

    Kimball's talk regarded cross cultural knowledge, and its lack, even at the highest level of governments, ours and theirs. He is against cultural stereotyping and cultural demonizing, and is an optimist at heart. The talk wasn't theological, unless you count the once or twice he spoke of intercultural cooperation as "what Jesus would do" (Jesus' problems, and what got him killed was probably intra-cultural, rather than intercultural, anyway).

    An excellent speaker, and an excellent diplomat. He advised our government on Middle East affairs in the past.

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • Susan

    Is he still a minister? What's the draw for us?

    February 17, 2014

    • JOAN

      Yes, he's an ordained Baptist minister. He also has worked closely with Congress, the White House and the State Department during the past 30 years. From[masked] he was the director of the Middle East Office of the National Council of Churches.

      February 17, 2014

    • JOAN

      He wrote 2 infulential books. When Religion Becomes Lethal” is described on Amazon.com as addressing the “urgent global problem of the interplay between fundamentalist Abrahamic religions and politics and moves beyond warning signs (the subject of his first book) to the dangerous and lethal outcomes that their interaction can produce.”

      February 17, 2014

  • Scenes H.

    I've been attending this series for years. Usually pretty good ... one of them was a musical performance instead of a lecture.

    February 7, 2014

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