Sunday School Series
April 23 – May 28, 9:50 a.m. • Second Hall
General Wesley Clark
Religion is arguably the most powerful and pervasive force on earth. Throughout history religious ideas and commitments have inspired individuals and communities of faith to transcend narrow self-interest in pursuit of higher values and truths. Dr. Charles Kimball (Middle East expert, World Religion professor and chair of the Wake Forest University Department of Religion, and author of When Religion Becomes Evil) probes why people do bad things—sometimes unspeakably violent things—in the name of religion. “Whatever religious people may say about their love of God or the mandates of their religion, when their behavior toward others is violent and destructive, when it causes suffering among their neighbors, you can be sure the religion has been corrupted and reform is desperately needed.” Unfortunately, current event examples are mounting with regard to clarion call. This class will consider historical and current event cases that highlight distortions of faith and discuss Kimball’s five warning signs of corrupt religious thought.