David Eller is a cultural anthropologist who has spent considerable time on the topics of violence and religion. In his recent book, Cruel Creeds, Virtuous Violence: Religious Violence Across Culture and History, he explores the intersection of the two. He examines the various types of religious violence and the interaction between the cultural and religious factors that contribute to that violence. He looks at how religion can shape a culture in ways that make violence more likely, or less. Please join us as we discuss this fascinating--and ever timely--topic.

Links of interest:

Cruel Creeds, Virtuous Violence: Religious Violence Across Culture and History
David Eller on Atheists Talk in 2009 , discussing Atheism Advanced: Further Thoughts of A Freethinker

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