LANCASTER, Pa. – Charles Kimball, Presidential Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma, will discuss "Finding a Common Word: Negotiating the Volatile Mix of Religion, Oil and Politics in US-Iranian Relations" on Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m. in the Roschel Performing Arts Center.
The talk, sponsored by Franklin & Marshall's Center for Liberal Arts and Society, and the Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness, is the latter's spring peace forum and is free and open to the public.
As an ordained Baptist minister and religion professor, Dr. Kimball is an expert on issues pertaining to Middle East, Islam, Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, as well as the relationship between religion and politics in the United States.
Dr. Kimball has written four books, Striving Together: A Way Forward in Christian-Muslim Relations, Religion, Politics, and Oil: The Volatile Mix in the Middle East, Angle of Vision: Christians and the Middle East and When Religion Becomes Evil. The renowned When Religion Becomes Evil was named one of the "Top 15 Books on Religion for 2002" by Publishers Weekly and one of the top ten books of the year by the Association of Parish Clergy. He has also published articles in Sojourners, The Christian Century, The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The Boston Globe.
Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Kimball has spoken internationally on the relationship between religion and violence. Kimball lectures on the difference between "corrupt" forms of religious expression and "authentic" forms, and how these affect global humanity.
Kimball received his bachelor's from Oklahoma State University and holds the M.Div degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received his Th.D, from Harvard University in comparative religion with specialization in Islamic Studies. Dr. Kimball taught at Furman University where he also served as the Director for International Education before becoming a professor at Wake Forest in 1996. He was also the Director of the Middle East Office at the National Council of Churches in New York from 1983-1990.
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