Three panelists representing the three major Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) will discuss religiously sanctioned violence in their respective scriptures at this year’s first Stuart Ivison Memorial Lecture at First Baptist Church Ottawa on Jewish representative Rabbi Idan Scher (Congregation Machzikei Hadas), Christian representative Dr. Brian Butcher (St. Paul University), and Muslim representative Dr. Jasser Auda (Carleton University) will consider the history of violence in the name of religion, the endorsement of violence by the respective scriptures, current day implications for extremists and terrorists, and how best we might interpret scripture in the 21st century.
Moderator Scott Kindred-Barnes (Minister, First Baptist Church) will also be asking each panelist how their respective traditions might move beyond the current trends of violence in some sectors and support a multi-faith, universal peace.
The Stuart Ivison Memorial Lecture Series at First Baptist Church Ottawa is named after First Baptist’s longest serving minister and features monthly speakers from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. This season’s theme is Living a Faithful Life.
Holy Scripture and Religious Violence: A Forum Discussion among the three Abrahamic faiths takes place at First Baptist Church Ottawa on April 6th at 7p.m. (doors open 6p.m.) Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.