Does Religion Cause Violence?
This intriguing question continues to be hotly debated in the secular community, academia, and society as a whole. In his 2002 book, When Religion Becomes Evil, religious historian Charles Kimball states: "It is somewhat trite, but nevertheless sadly true, to say that more wars have been waged, more people killed, and these days more evil perpetrated in the name of religion than by any other institutional force in human history." (p. 1) Is Kimball correct? Or does he overstate the influence of religion on violent acts? Is there a real connection between them? These questions evoke strong perspectives and emotions.
Jeff Satterwhite, PhD candidate in Religious Studies (ABD) and former minister, brings a unique point of view in his presentation on the complex relationship between religion and violence. In this talk, Jeff will examine the importance of how beliefs, practices, sacred symbols, and collective identity fit together, focusing particularly on how our definitions of concepts deeply affect our worldviews about these ideas.
Jeff Satterwhite is a founding member of The Clergy Project and served as an adult education minister in Baptist churches in Texas and Colorado until 2008, when he deconverted from Christianity. Jeff is a doctoral candidate in the Joint Doctoral Program in Religious and Theological Studies (ABD) at the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology. He is currently writing a dissertation on the Evangelical Right and their political views on same-sex marriage and abortion. Jeff has been published in the Humanist Network News, has been featured on The Sex, Politics, and Religion Hour radio broadcast with Jamila Bey on Voice of Russia radio (American edition), and has been a guest speaker for multiple secular groups in Colorado and Texas. He also serves as the chair of the Safe and Secular Schools Task Force of the Secular Hub, opposing the Good News Club's efforts in the Denver area.
Venue Instructions: Parking is available on the side of the building, on the street, in the lot across the alley, and in the lot across 31st street. Please do not park directly behind the building, under the stairway to the upstairs apartments.
Potluck dinner at 6 pm. Program at 7 pm. Potluck instructions are based upon the first letter of the last name. Please do not bring drinks for the potluck. Drinks will be available as concessions, so bring a few extra dollars for some soda or coffee.
A-B) Main Dish
C-D) Side Dish or Salad
E-J) Side Dish, Bread or Chips
S-Z) Main Dish
After hours: 9:00 - ? We will walk across the street to a bar/restaurant, "Eden", to discuss the evening's program.