Discussions of Jonathan Sacks’ Book, Not in God’s Name

Next Event: May 12, 2016 Sudbury Free
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Thursday Evening Discussions facilitated by Arnie Zar-Kessler of

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ Book,Not in God’s Name:Confronting Religious Violence

Is religion itself the real problem in religious violence?

And wouldn’t we solve the problem by just having less religion?

If religion is perceived as being the problem – or even part of the problem – of religious violence, then it must also form part of the solution, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks argues in his new book, Not in God’s Name.

In this class series we will use the book to explore the roots of violence, and the relationship of violence to religion. In particular, we will consider Rabbi Sacks’ claim that religiously inspired violence has as its source misreading of biblical texts at the heart of all three Abrahamic faiths.


We will employ close reading of Sacks’ text, attempt to listen carefully to each other, and maybe even leave with a morsel of hope for the future, and the work before us.

Materials will be available at each class.  You may order the book through the Beth El office, 978-443-9622, or obtain it through local libraries and book stores.

All are welcome to attend all or any of the classes – each stands alone.  The more you attend the more you will learn.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Congregation Beth El
105 Hudson Rd
Sudbury, MA 01776

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