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Friday, January 29 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Does Religion's Claim to Truth Lead to Violence?

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Religions motivate people to relate to each other, to create understanding and to foster peace. But religions can be abused for political ideologies. Formulated as a universal right to truth, religion can turn into a claim to power, which may lead to violence. Recognizing this, the Ecumenical Council of Churches proclaimed the Decade for Overcoming Violence, which ends in 2010. Does religion have a tendency to impose its claim to truth through violence? Under what conditions? How is communal life possible in a society with multiple claims to truth? Do political views promote a claim to truth, especially when they legitimatize themselves religiously? This session is co-organized with the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (SEK-FEPS). Simultaneous interpretation in English and German

Friday January 29, 2010 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Swiss Alpine High School (SAMD), Auditorium Swiss Alpine High School (SAMD), Davos, Switzerland