ONLINE: In many circles, Americans view religion as a support for those who are hurting, or a provider of healing for the broken. They believe religion gives people hope and purpose. Conversely, Americans acknowledge genocide as an indescribable evil. The charge of genocide is one of the worst that can be leveled against anyone. Nevertheless, historically, religion and genocide have often combined in terrifying ways. Why? How does religion inflame genocide, and what can be done to stop that? On the other hand, why does religion also inspire resistance and rescue, and what can be done to promote that? How is it that the same religion can motivate both perpetrators and rescuers? This lecture-based course will specifically focus on genocides that are connected to Western society. In doing so, we will primarily examine religion’s role in supporting those genocides, and will conclude by considering religion's role in undermining them. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 200.
Jason Hensley, Ph.D. (Gratz College, holocaust and genocide studies), teaches religion and history at California Lutheran University. He holds an M.A. in biblical Hebrew and Greek, is a fellow of the Michael LaPrade Holocaust Education Institute and a fellow of the Anti-Defamation League's Glass Leadership Institute, and is the award-winning author of 12 books. His work has been featured on HuffPost as well as the BBC, and he has served as the historical adviser for a Holocaust documentary.