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Monday 20 February 2017 (7:30 to 8:30 pm - Open to all)

Title: Religion: Peace or War Maker?

Reverend Dr. Habib Badre
The National Evangelical Church of Beirut
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Language: English

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Religion defined. Are there types of religions?
Religions assert that they are harbingers of peace, love and harmony in the world. Why do religions assert that?  Is it the case?  Is religion “good?”
What is the “opposite” of a religious person?  An agnostic or atheist?  A secularist?  An ideologue?
In the name of religion much violence has been condoned and perpetrated.
Is violence compatible with religion? In what way?  
What do we mean by violence?  Is violence limited to war and killing?  Are there types or degrees of violence?
What is the future of religion?  

Reverend Dr. Habib Badr
Born in Beirut in 1950.  Married, with one daughter.
High School education: International College
University education:
B.A. from AUB in philosophy (1972)
Masters of Divinity from Yale University, USA (1975)
Ph.D. in Church History from Princeton Theological Seminary, USA (1992)
Ordained minister in the Reformed (Calvinist) church in Lebanon since 1980
Lecturer in Church History at the Near East School of Theology (NEST) since 1980
Pastor, National Evangelical Church of Beirut since 1985
Presiding Judge of the Confessional Court of the Evangelical Community from 1985-2007
President of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) since 2016
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