Is Violence Antithetical to Religion -- Sightings (Jeffrey Stackert)
The question of whether a particular religion is prone to violence or not is a thorny one. Sometimes we say that violence doesn't fit with the founding vision and suggest a return to that vision would root out violence. But are we asking the wrong questions? Is it a question founders believed/taught? Or, is it a question of human practice and action? In this Sightings piece Jeffrey Stackert, a Hebrew Bible Prof at University of Chicago Divinity School offers a definition of religion that is more human centered, and thus perhaps more realistic and better able to make sense of our realities. I invite you to read and respond to this challenging essay. I'd like to believe that as practioner of the Christian faith that I'm less prone to violence, but am I?