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LAYING DOWN THE SWORD: Coming to Terms with Violent Scriptures – Lecture by Philip Jenkins


CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO OF THIS LECTURE

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
3:30 p.m.
Kayser Auditorium (for directions, click here)

Introduction by Dr. Elizabeth Davis, Executive Vice President and Provost. Philip Jenkins joins Baylor ISR as Distinguished Professor.

Special Announcement: As of January 1, 2012, Philip Jenkins, one of the world’s leading religion scholars joined Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion.

Dr. Jenkins will lecture on his newest book, “Laying Down the Sword.” The Bible contains some extremely violent passages, in which God commands the annihilation of whole races and peoples. Through history, Christians and Jews have tried many strategies to deal with these alarming texts, while ordinary believers commonly ignore their existence. Yet as Christianity grows worldwide and encounters other faiths, the need to come to terms with our texts of terror becomes ever more urgent. And when we do make this effort, we see that even the grimmest-sounding scriptures can become the basis for a richer and deeper-rooted faith.