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Relevant Religion Series Examines Faith, Terrorism, and the Economy

Feb. 13, 2002, 3:00 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — “What Can We Hope for Now? Christian Faith, Terrorism, and the Global Economy” is the second in a series of classes designed to highlight the relevance of religion in matters affecting daily life. This community education class, co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Scarritt-Bennett Center, will meet March 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Laskey Building at the Scarritt-Bennett Center.

The four-part study and discussion facilitated by Douglas Meeks, Cal Turner Chancellor’s Professor of Wesleyan Studies, will address the new realities of globalization and terrorism.

“Instant communication and mobility are irreversible trends promoting globalization, but the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 make it clear that not everyone believes as we do,” said Meeks. “Although necessary, military and diplomatic measures can only go so far in solving the current crisis, the most effective tool in the struggle against terrorism will be a more humane globalization.”

A former Fulbright fellow, Meeks has worked on 16 books including Origins of the Theology of Hope and God the Economist: The Doctrine of God and Political Economy. His research focuses on the relation of Christian doctrine to economic, social and political theory.

The cost is $50 per person for four sessions. CEU’s are available for the clergy. For more information and to register call (615) 340-7543 or e-mail

The Scarritt-Bennett Center is a not-for-profit conference, retreat and educational facility. Vanderbilt’s Divinity School is one of only four non-denominational divinity schools in the nation and offers a Ph.D. program that ranks in the top 10 nationwide. The Relevant Religion series began in February with the “Encountering Islam” dialogue and will continue in April with “Justice and the Things that Make for Peace.”

Contact: David Glasgow, (615) 322-NEWS