Is religion intrinsically violent? Many atheists say yes - while many religious believers see their faith tradition as being about peace and harmony, with the violent stuff somehow marginal to the real message. On this episode of Encounter they complicate both of those pictures, with the help of some thinkers who’ve explored the relationships between religion and violence in fascinating - and sometimes challenging - ways. The two primary interlocutors in this conversation are theologians James Alison and William T. Cavanaugh.
Note too, that when you visit the page I link to, you will find towards the bottom of it extra audio content featuring fascinating one-on-one conversations with Alison and Cavanaugh.
James Alison – Desire, Victimhood & Rene Girard (I suspect this conversation dates back a couple of years, but I don’t recall having heard it before).
William Cavanaugh – The Myth of Religious Violence.
You’ll find the Encounter episode and the extra audio content here. I highly recommend all three recordings.