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What Turns Us Violent: Sacred Emergencies

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Kahin Center
640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Part of the Ronald and Janette Gatty series

Prof. Michael Jerryson, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Youngstown State University

As long as there have been recorded histories, humanity has engaged in violence. In this macabre mosaic that pits human against human, religion becomes a reoccurring justifier. People identify religion as the penultimate of human aspirations. While religion has been a force for generosity, empathy, and social justice, it has a dark side as well. Particular structures of thought dominate the ways in which we understand and ethicize situations. Often, we accept influences to our structures of thought. Some of these changes transform the ways in which we understand the world and our ethical obligations. We transform from citizen to solider; the world is no longer global and international, it is now a war zone. 

In this talk, Dr. Jerryson traces these cognitive patterns across religious traditions to explain contemporary violence, particularly within the Trump administration, ISIS, and Burmese Buddhist extremists 


Co-sponsored by the Religious Studies Program, the South Asia Program, and the Department of Asian Studies

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Southeast Asia Program, South Asia Program, Asian Studies

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