Jennifer Fulwiler is a programmer-turned-writer who chronicles her experiences of faith and family life on her popular blog, ConversionDiary.com. Her articles have also appeared in America, Our Sunday Visitor, Envoy, and National Review Online. She and her husband, Joe, live in Austin, Texas, with their six young children.
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks discusses his new book, Not In God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence, a timely rumination upon religious conflict in the world today. The standard conception of episodes of religious violence, namely, that extremist faith leads to fanatical aggression, is mistaken, he argues. The horrors we have witnessed have other sources, mainly sibling rivalry (broadly conceived), which, though often expressed through religious differences, can be reconciled through religious instruction. For Rabbi Sacks, our clearest way out of conflict is through the lessons of the Book of Genesis, particularly in the stories of sibling tension. Religious fervor is not going to disappear--that's a secularist fantasy, he says. On the contrary, the 21st century shall witness a 'de-scularization of society,' and instead of regarding the decline of religious faith as the answer to violence, we should return to the sources of faith for solutions. Please join us for this powerful discussion.