The Roots of Violence in Judaism, Christianity & Islam
by Bruce Chilton
Friday, March 21
To the Best of Our Knowledge: Talking Across Religions.Hear excerpts from the story of Abraham and Isaac from "The Bible Experience", then revisit the biblical story with Bruce Chilton, professor of religion at Bard College and author of "Abraham's Curse." He tells Steve Paulson why the story of Abraham and Isaac has inspired generations of religious martyrs; but according to Chilton, martyrdom is a misinterpretation of the message of the story in all three Abrahamic religions. Weblink to program.
Friday, March 7
WAMC The Roundtable, (9:00 a.m. - noon) interview at 11:05 a.m. by Joe Donahue with Bruce Chilton about Abraham's Curse.
Listen at: www.wamc.org or tune in to FM 90.3 (Albany) 90.9 (Kingston) 91.7 (Middletown)
Book Signings and Discussions
Church of the Holy Cross's Breakfast Club
Join Bruce Chilton on Tuesday, April 22, at the Church of the Holy Cross's "Breakfast Club," for a discussion of Abraham's Curse. Eucharist is at 8:30 a.m., and the meal and talk at 9:00 a.m. (Holy Cross, 30 Pine Grove Ave, 845.331.6796, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Religion Colloquium with Bruce Chilton and Jacob Neusner
Wednesday, April 9
Room 103 of the Reem-Kayden Science Center, Bard College, 6:30 p.m.
Interfaith Shared Reading Dialogue Sessions (ISRDS) Thursdays (March 6, 13, 27; April 10, 24; and May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
Read and discuss Rev. Bruce Chilton's newest book: Abraham's Curse: The Roots of Violence in Judaism, Christianity & Islam (available on Amazon.com for $16.47). No previous study or ownership of the book is necessary - though you may want your own copy to mark up! Refreshments. Led by Cantor Bob Cohen and all of you. (Click here for other events sponsored by the Ulster County Religious Council.)
"Bearing the subscript, The Roots of Violence in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, this remarkable book turns narrative historical study into constructive theology, random facts of times past into a system of eternal truth," writes Jacob Neusner of Abraham's Curse in his review in the Jerusalem Post and National Jewish Post. To read the entire review, click here.
"Chilton has done what a scholar can do: told us an erudite, closely reasoned yet often fascinating tale that lets us view our heritage in a fresh and provocative way," from a r eview by Michael Harris from the Los Angeles Times. To read entire review, click here.
Sara Ivry of Nextbook.com interviews Bruce Chilton about Abraham's Curse. Click here to read and listen to the interview.
Kim Wozencraft notes that, "Abraham’s Curse, very well written and scrupulously researched, is thought-provoking—at times chilling—but rendered in a compassionate tone that enables the reader to journey through blood-soaked religious history and emerge with a heightened comprehension of the misguided religious motivations that drive events in today’s headlines." in the March 2008 issue of Chronogram. Click here to read the entire review.
Publisher's Weekly offers this about Abraham's Curse, "Chilton produces yet another creative and very relevant historical account." Click here to read entire review.
"Here is the bottom line: You could read hundreds of books that explain war and violence (especially current events) in terms of politics, economics, geography, and (or) religion, but you will not find a better book than the extraordinarily well-written and thoroughly fascinating Abraham's Curse for giving you a more accurate and compelling perspective on violence (and sacrifice) in our past, present, and future as a frighteningly immutable and inescapable fact-of-life," from Bookloons.com. Click here to read the entire review.