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“When Religion becomes Evil” Topic of Lecture at Creighton

“When Religion becomes Evil” Topic of Lecture at Creighton

Charles Kimball, Th.D., a leading expert on Islam, will speak at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Creighton University’s Harper Center Ballroom, 602 N. 20 St. His presentation, “When Religion Becomes Evil,” is free to the public. A reception will follow.

For more than 25 years Kimball has been a leading expert on Islam, the Middle East, and Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations. Since the terrorist attacks on New York’s World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, he has been one of the most frequently interviewed Islam experts in the country.

Currently a professor of religion and comparative religion at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., Kimball's writings and talks are grounded in his experiences as a Christian working closely with Muslims and Jews. He has made more than 35 visits to the Middle East and has worked closely with the U.S. Congress and the White House on Middle Ease issues. In 1979, he was one of seven Americans to travel to Iran and meet with the Ayatollah Khomeini during the hostage crisis.

Kimball's book, “When Religion Becomes Evil,” was named one of the "Top 15 Books on Religion for 2002" by Publishers Weekly. An ordained Baptist minister, Kimball received his doctorate in Theology in comparative religion with specialization in Islamic studies from Harvard University. He is the former director of the Middle East Office for the National Council of Churches.

The lecture is sponsored through the Fr. Henry W. Casper, S.J., Professorship in History. The professorship is named in honor of the late Rev. Casper, a long-time member of Creighton’s history department and an expert on 19th century European history and American church history. His most important work was a three-volume history on the Catholic Church in Nebraska.

The Casper professorship is funded by an endowment from Dr. and Mrs. Wayne L. Ryan of Omaha.