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The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict – J. Oliver Buswell Jr. Library Select Items
By Covenant Seminary on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
Posted In: Library

Have you heard “religious wars” used to characterize inter-Christian violence including that in 17th century England between different Protestants? More recently, Northern Ireland and today the vast sectarian violence within Islam, as well as inter-religious violence such as in Africa (especially Muslim against Christian) and India (Hindu against Muslim) help feed the notion that violence is an inherent characteristic of religion. Strongly countering this, and especially the secularist and anti-Christian nature of it, is The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict, by William Cavanaugh (Oxford, 2009). He’s Professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University, and his book is the focus of the “Symposium” that begins the fall 2011 issue (vol. 20, no. 4) of Pro Ecclesia: A Journal of Catholic and Evangelical Theology. It consists of essays by the Archbishop of Canterbury and professors (some emeritus) at, respectively, Connecticut College, McGill University, and the University of Notre Dame. To these interlocutors Cavanaugh then responds.

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Class Notes
[MATS] - 
Randy Rhea

After ten years as an assistant pastor of Grace Evangelical, Germantown, TN, Randy Rhea (MATS ’98) planted Trinity Presbyterian Church, Corinth, MS. This past January, Randy and his wife moved to Madison, MS where Randy is serving as the assistant pastor of Madison Heights Presbyterian. Randy and his wife Sheri have two children, Emily (12) and Walker (9).

[MDiv] - 
Michael Hall

Congratulations to Michael Hall (MDiv '00) on becoming Pastor to Students at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, VA. Michael has served as Pastor of Student Ministries at Kirk of the Hills, St. Louis, MO for the past seven years. Michael and his wife Kirby Hall MATS '99) have three children, McKenzie (10), Carter (9), and John Thomas (7).

[DMin] - 
Jame Hahs

After 11 years as pastor of Nameoki United Methodist Church in Granite City, Jame Hahs (DMin ‘ 06) was appointed to the position of Directing Pastor of Main Street United Methodist Church in Alton, IL. He is now entering his fourth year in that position. Jame and his wife Donna live in Alton, IL.

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