Pope Francis Refuses To Equate Islam With Violence

Pope Francis defended his decision not to name Islam when condemning the murder of a Catholic priest. Pope Francis refused to equate Islam with violence on Sunday, saying Catholics could be just as deadly and warning Europe was pushing its young to terrorism. “I don’t think it is right to equate Islam with violence,” he…

New Texts Out Now: Ward Vloeberghs, Architecture, Power, and Religion in Lebanon — Jadaliyya com Interview with the writer

[Cover of Ward Vloeberghs, “Architecture, Power, and Religion in Lebanon: Rafiq Hariri and the Politics of Sacred Space in Beirut”] Ward Vloeberghs, Architecture, Power, and Religion in Lebanon: Rafiq Hariri and the Politics of Sacred Space in Beirut. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Ward Vloeberghs (WV): While…

Event: March 21 | Boston College School of Theology | Khalil Andani: Shared Theologies between Islam and Christianity

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EVENT: Khalil Andani: Shared Theologies between Islam and Christianity DATE: March 21, 2015 TIME: 2:45 – 4:30 PM VENUE: Nemaar Annual Conference STM 332 3rd Floor Large Conference Room, Boston College School of Theology, 9 Lake Street, Brighton MA 02467 Facebook Invitation: https://www.facebook.com/events/1609818429252277/ ‘God beyond God’ across Muslim and Christian Theology Khalil…

Rouhani accommodates Iran’s Jewish students — Al Monitor com

Thanks to the government of President Hassan Rouhani, as of Feb. 4, Jewish students officially no longer have to attend school on the Sabbath. This is an important step by the Rouhani administration to welcome Iranian Jews.   Homayoun Sameyah Najaf Abadi, head of Iran’s 8,500-strong Jewish community, poses in front of a new memorial…

Religiöser Exptremismus: Viele Probleme sind hausgemacht — MiGAZIN de interview mit Otmar Steinbicker (In German language-‘Many problems are homemade’ )

Religiöser Extremismus, Pegida, Afghanistan – viele Themen stoßen derzeit aufeinander. Otmar Steinbicker, Herausgeber des Aachener Friedensmagazins aixpaix.de, erklärt im Gespräch, wie diese Themen zusammenhängen und sich gegenseitig “hochschaukeln”. Otmar Steinbicker, Journalist und Herausgeber des Aachener Friedensmagazins aixpaix.de. © Beate Knappe (…)   Steinbicker: Unbedingt! Ein Attentat hat nichts mit einer Religion als Gesamtheit zu tun,…

Theologin Karen Armstrong: "Unsere Aufklärung war fehlerhaft" — Interview mit Deutschland Radio Kultur de| Beitrag vom 07.12.2014

Ehemalige Nonne über aggressive Säkularisten und friedliche Theologen Moderation: Philipp Gessler Die renommierte britische Religionswissenschaftlerin Karen Armstrong (GERRY PENNY / AFP) Angesichts der Gräueltaten, die die IS-Miliz und Fundamentalisten in Israel und Palästina begehen, könnte man meinen, die Welt wäre besser ohne Religion. Karen Armstrong, britische Religionswissenschaftlerin und ehemalige Nonne, sieht das anders. Philipp Gessler:…

Where Upanishads and Hadith are taught together — Akividu Blogspot de

Images of goddess Saraswati and Ajmer Shariff share the wall at a classroom in Madarasa Firdose centre at Mandasaur in Madhya Pradesh. Photo: Prashant Nakwe    The Hindu (…) Gyan Sagar is one of the 128 madrasas run by a group of women in and around Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district, which is otherwise famous for its…

„Religion hat keinen gewalttätigen Kern“ — Interview mit Karen Armstrong in Cicero de (In German language)

Im Namen Gottes mordeten sich die Kreuzzügler durchs Gelobte Land, im selben Namen wollen radikale Milizen einen islamischen Gottesstaat in Syrien und im Irak errichten. Die Religionswissenschaftlerin Karen Armstrong erklärt im Interview, warum heilige Kriege dennoch keine bloßen Religionskriege sind und weshalb Säkularismus Gläubige radikalisieren kann   Karen Armstrong zählt zu den weltweit renommiertesten Religionswissenschaftlern….

“No, Religion Does Not Cause All Wars”: Fields of Blood|Religion and the History of Violence — Book by Karen Armstrong listen at Amazon com and Huffington Post com

Karen Armstrong From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence. For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and…

The German Muslim community’s protest against extremism "No" to hatred and injustice — Qantara / Deutsche Welle article by Bettina Marx

***** Read article in Deutsch: Bundesweiter Aktionstag deutscher Islamverbände — Stimme gegen Hass und Unrecht *****   The German Muslim community’s day of action against extremism and injustice was a strong appeal for tolerance. It was also a demonstration that there are many, many Muslims who are not willing to allow their religion to be…

Multiple Secularisms: The Concept of Twin Tolerations — video interview in two parts with Alfred C. Stepan, Columbia University

Watch Part 1 – “Multiple Secularisms: The Concept of Twin Tolerations”   “What does democracy need and require from religious institutions and people? And, on the other side, what is the minimum religious people can legitimately expect from democracy?” asks Professor Alfred Stepan from Columbia University. “For democracy to function, he explains, religious individuals and…