Dr. William Cavanaugh will deliver the keynote address for the Ableson Religious Reconciliation Lecture, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 in the Ballroom at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha.
The event is free and open to the public.
Cavanaugh is a professor of theology at DePaul University. His lecture will be based upon his book The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2009).
Cavanaugh disputes the “myth” of religious violence based on the difficulties in separating religious and secular ideas and institutions within a culture.
“The myth of religious violence promotes a dichotomy between us in the secular West who are rational and peacemaking, and them, the hordes of violent religious fanatics in the Muslim world,” Cavanaugh said.
“Their violence is religious, and therefore irrational and divisive. Our violence, on the other hand, is rational, peacemaking and necessary. Regrettably, we find ourselves forced to bomb them into the higher rationality.”
The Ableson Religious Reconciliation Lecture is named in honor of USAO Alumni Hall of Fame member U.S. Navy Captain Bradford Edward Ableson.
A visionary in religious reconciliation, an architect of the modern model for military chaplains and a chaplain to President Bill Clinton, Ableson graduated magna cum laude from USAO in 1980.