William Cavanaugh on Religious Violence

William cavanaugh

“The myth of religious violence promotes a dichotomy between us in the secular West who are rational and peacemaking, and them, the hordes of violent religious fanatics in the Muslim world. Their violence is religious, and therefore irrational and divisive. Our violence, on the other hand, is rational, peacemaking, and necessary. Regrettably, we find ourselves forced to bomb them into the higher rationality.” William Cavanaugh, DePaul University

Tomorrow, I will be enjoying a lunch with William Cavanaugh. If you have any questions you would like to ask him, let me know in a comment below.


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Brandon says:

    I’m jealous. His “Torture & Eucharist” has been one of the most influential books in my journey.

  • Andrew says:

    He was a very pleasant fellow. We had afternoon tea with him and some folk from Victoria University – Chris Marshall also, and we actually spent most of the time listening to Bishop Justin Duckworth answer questions about the Anglican church.
    I asked William about what monastic groups he thought we might like to know about and he named the usual American suspects and a few theologians (Yoder, etc)

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