214th Meeting – November 2001
What is the Alternative to Violence in our Multicultural World?
A panel discussion with Andrew Forbes, John Butt, and Dean Henderson
The panel noted the need for Al-Qaeda and its
chief theoretician, to be hunted down in the aftermath of the attacks
September 11th 2001. By extension, the Taliban authorities
Christian-Muslim relations were discussed,
noting that almost from the beginning these have been characterized by
mistrust, hatred, and enmity. In recent years this hostile attitude has
violent acts of terrorism, such as those on September 11th.
present injustices and injuries inflicted by both sides continue to
fuel this pattern of enmity and violence. Many Muslims see the
Some underlying causes for this pattern of resentment and violence were presented, principally religious misunderstanding and ignorance. Neither side knows very much about the other’s religion, and resulting actions are often an insult to the other.
In summing up, our "sinful and depraved human nature" – we are basically self-centered and self-serving – is a major cause of conflict. One speaker noted that perhaps the answer to violence and terrorism is “that we all need to become 'Islamic', in their true and literal meaning of becoming those who 'submit' and 'surrender' their lives to a 'Reality and Truth' that transcends our narrow definitions of self and community.”