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Coffee Talk: Violence and the Sacred

Violence and the Sacred was the topic of the February 2013 Coffee Talk.

Coffee Talk: Violence and the Sacred


Violence and the Sacred was the topic of the February 2013 Coffee Talk. Related posts are below.


“Why I’m unashamed to admit that I drink the blood and eat the flesh of Jesus”

During Spokane Faith & Values February  “Coffee Talk” we discussed the issue of Violence and the Sacred. Read more.

We can’t blame the “human condition”

I really enjoyed Saturday morning’s Coffee Talk with the panel and the comments of everyone there.

“God is not motivated by hatred”

A further thought on God and violence. One of the common responses to the belief that God is not violent, especially among those who are not so religious, is that God must be violent because the whole universe is violent. Read more.

“Religion is violent because humans are violent”

Can religion and violence be separated, even in a theoretical sense? Read more.

“Violence and the sacred”

I find it interesting that there is even a question of the use of violence in context with the sacred.

Tracy Simmons

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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