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Charles Kimball
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Dr. Charles Kimball is Presidential Professor and Director of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. An ordained Baptist minister, he received his Th.D. from Harvard University in Comparative Religion with specialization in Islamic studies. He is a frequent lecturer in universities and church-related settings as well as an expert analyst on issues related to the Middle East, Islam, Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, and the intersection of religion and politics. From 1983-1990 he was the Director of the Middle East Office at the National Council of Churches. He has lived in Egypt, frequently visits the Middle East, and has worked closely with Congress, the White House and the State Department during the past 25 years. His articles have appeared in a number of publications, including Sojourners, The Christian Century, The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Boston Globe.

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When Religion Becomes Lethal: Lessons from Norway

Posted July 29, 2011 | 13:10:36 (EST)

The horrific events in Norway this past weekend provide yet another powerful teachable moment in the ongoing and increasingly dangerous saga of religion becoming lethal. The murderous rampage by Anders Behring Breivik brings several important lessons more clearly into view.

First, religion is an extraordinarily powerful and...

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The Fallacy of the 'Clash of Civilizations'

Posted February 17, 2011 | 22:05:42 (EST)

As analysts ponder and proffer views on the real and potential impact from revolutionary tsunami in Egypt, it is essential that we in the U.S. also learn valuable lessons presented by this teachable moment. One such lesson is the fallacy of the "clash of civilizations" theory.

For two decades politicians,...

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