2016 Richard Johnson Lecture
The Myth of Religious Violence
Professor William Cavanaugh
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It’s a widely held assumption in Western societies that religion has a peculiar tendency to promote violence. Indeed, much of our domestic and foreign policy assumes this. Is it a fair assumption? Are religions more inclined to promote violence than things like nationalism and access to oil? What even counts as “religion”? And what role have “secular” ideologies as well as “religious” ones played in fomenting violence? Professor Cavanaugh weighs the arguments and comes to some provocative conclusions.
The Richard Johnson Lecture is an activity
of the Centre for Public Christianity. The lecture seeks to highlight Christianity's relevance to society and positively contribute to public discourse on key aspects of civil life.
Who was Richard Johnson?
Richard Johnson is one of Australia’s forgotten pioneers.
Appointed chaplain to the planned colony of New South Wales he set sail with the First Fleet, arriving on January 26th, 1788. On February 3rd, Johnson conducted the first Christian service at Sydney Cove.
Johnson's contributions to farming, education, convict welfare and indigenous relations were invaluable to the survival of the early colony.
The Richard Johnson lecture, named in his memory, seeks to examine the place of Christianity in public life—its legacy and contribution to the common good. (Read more...)