Samford to Host Discussion of Religious Violence April 18

Published on April 6, 2016 by Sean Flynt  
St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, 1572
St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, 1572

Samford University’s Philosophy Department and Phi Kappa Phi honor society will host a public panel discussion on religion and violence 3-5 p.m. April 18 in Brooks Hall Auditorium.

Panelists will discuss how the various religions assess, theologically, the presence of violence both in their history and society.  Organizers hope the event also will help build more common commitments among the religions. 

The panel will include:

Lisa J. Battaglia, Samford assistant professor of religion, with specialty in Asian religions

Abby McMurry, Panel master of ceremony, Samford pre-med senior, Phi Kappa Phi member

Jonathan Miller, Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El of Birmingham

Bunyamin Ozaydin, assistant professor in UAB’s Health Informatics Program, member of the Turkish/American Muslim community, volunteer at the Peace Valley Foundation

Dennis Sansom, professor and chair of Samford’s Philosophy Department, with specialty in Christian ethics