Chichester Skeptics welcome Jonathan Pearce to talk about the nature of Islam on Tuesday, October 4.
Skeptics spokesman Jonathan Percival said: “This century has seen the emergence of Islam as a religion closely connected to violence and terrorism. With regrettable regularity the latest religiously-inspired terror attack fills news broadcasts around the world whether it is the work of ISIS, the Taliban, Al-Qaeda or other such groupd. However, these events are also vociferously condemned by peaceful Islamic groups as being distinctly against the teachings of the Qu’ran.
“Islam is a religion of peace and unity for many Muslims across the world. To investigate whether violence is a part of Islam, and to what extent, Jonathan will examine in turn; the Qu’ran, the history of the prophet Muhammad and modern-day interpretations of the religion given by Muslims. Yet Jonathan will argue that regardless of his conclusion, modern political expediency demands that Islam be viewed as a religion of peace. It is only from this viewpoint that politicians and others are able to condemn the agents of violent acts as acting outside of Islam. Accepting Islam as a religion of peace may be necessary, even if it is the less accurate interpretation.
“Jonathan is a philosopher and author of several books of philosophy and theology. He is a founding member of Tippling Philosophers and Skeptic Ink Network.”
All are welcome at the Chichester Inn. Doors open at 7.30pm, and tickets will be on the door priced at £5.
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