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Theology and the War on Terror
October 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Is there such a thing as a theological thriller?
Join theologian, philosopher of religion, and counterterrorism adviser Gwen Griffith-Dickson, Ph.D., for a discussion of her riveting new novel Bleedback. Griffith-Dickson—a visiting professor at King’s College London, the president of the Lokahi Foundation, and a parent of a Fordham senior—is a leading figure in the British counterterrorism scene. She has worked supportively with Muslim communities and government, and she helped prevent a terrorist attack through one of her projects.
Bleedback immerses the reader in the conflicts of the war on terror and the many questions it raises for our time. What is it that makes people turn to terrorism? What really drives the war on terror—global politics or the sordid business of profit-making? Should spiritual leaders get involved in politics for the sake of peacemaking, or should religion be kept out of politics and security? Can terrorists have a change of heart—and do they merit forgiveness if they do?
Patrick Hornbeck, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Theology, will discuss these questions and more with Griffith-Dickson. And thanks to the generosity of a Department of Theology donor, all who register for this event will receive a free copy of Bleedback.
This event is presented by Fordham University’s Department of Theology and Office of Alumni Relations.