Fundamentalisms and Their Discontents

Sunday, May 22nd, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

CCoT- Emerson Center-9 East Common St. Topsfield, MA

Dr. Solomon Schimmel, author and Professor Emeritus at Hebrew College in Newton, MA, will discuss Jewish, Christian and Muslim scriptural fundamentalisms; why these beliefs sometimes lead to negative consequences and violence, and what steps can be taken by individuals, communities and governments to respond to the dangers of fundamentalism.   Free Admission – Public Welcome.   FMI contact: Steve W. or Jackie C. – or 978-887-2101 x 11

Dr. Schimmel has authored The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth; Wounds Not Healed by Time: The Power of Repentance and Forgiveness; and The Seven Deadly Sins: Jewish, Christian and Classical Reflections on Human Psychology, and numerous articles on the psychology of religion.   He was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University in England, and has been a National Science Foundation Research Fellow at Harvard University, visiting professor at Brandeis University, Bar-llan and Hebrew Universities, as well as visiting scholar at Doshisha University in Japan and Shalom College in Australia.

This speaking event is sponsored by the Congregational Church of Topsfield as part of a program to provide meaningful, informed conversation about important issues of our times for church members and the broader community.

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