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Religion is central to the lives of billions of people around the globe. But religion often seems to have two faces: it instills caring and compassion towards others but can also foment hatred and violence, as we have witnessed in recent years.
Robert Eisen, a professor of religion, has been exploring these two sides of religion—particularly with respect to the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—to better understand and cultivate relationships that are based on coexistence, not bloodshed, among followers.
In the first of a series of video conversations with Columbian College scholars, Dean Ben Vinson recently sat down with Eisen to discuss the topic of faith as it relates to today’s global society.