Religion and Violence: The American Scene
Aired: March 27, 2011
The U.S. prides itself on religious pluralism, seeing the diversity of faiths practiced within its borders as a mark of its democratic principles. Within this diversity, however, a small minority of believers sometimes take their faith to the extreme, at times leading to violence and terrorism. In this episode, Dr. James Johnson, professor of religion and political science at Rutgers University, and Dr. James Jones, professor of religion and clinical psychology at Rutgers University and senior research fellow at the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College, consider the connections between religion and violence in America. From apocalyptic video games marketed to Christians to the use of the word “jihad” by the Aryan Nation, Johnson and Jones examine American religious debates on violence and just war from the nuclear age to today.
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- Grants from the New Jersey Council for the Humanites: NJCH grants fund public programs, like the panel discussion Religion and Violence: The American Scene, throughout New Jersey.
- Religion Department at Rutgers University: Departmental home of Dr. James Johnson and Dr. James Jones.