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Seminar 8:
Different views of 'Holy War' in Islam and the Old Testament

Christianity, as much as Islam, has had a tradition of holy war. Just as one finds within the Muslim world a variety of opinions regarding the waging of war, similarly Christians have historically taken different stances, the most notable being pacifism and the 'just war' tradition. In this seminar Mike will examine the teaching of the Bible on holy war, and then compare and contrast Christian and Islamic positions on this issue. Care will be taken to avoid simplistic contrasts such as 'Jesus was a man of peace and Muhammad was a wager of war'. Mike will argue that justice needs to be done to both the teaching of the Qur'an and the teaching of the Bible on the 'struggle for God'.

Date Wednesday 26 June
Time 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Venue St Peter's Hall, Eastern Hill
Cost $15 (concession: $12)
Speaker The Rev'd Michael Raiter
Mike spent eleven years working as a missionary in Pakistan. He was formerly the Principal of Melbourne School of Theology. In 2012 he launched the Centre for Biblical Preaching based at St James Old Cathedral. He is the author of Contending for God in Islam and Christianity and Stirrings of the Soul which won the 2004 SPCK Australian Book of the Year Award.

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