Gonzaga lecture to address American Religious Violence

NOTE: The time of this event has been changed to 7:30 p.m.

Patrick McCormick, professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University, will discuss “American Religious Violence: Examining the Beam in Our National Eye,” at Gonzaga University’s Flannery Lecture on March 23.

McCormick said his lecture will explore the questions:

  • Why is the most religious and Christian nation in the developed world also the planet’s leading military power, arms merchant, jail keeper and poisoner of creation?
  • What is it about Americans’ belief in nationalism, consumerism and individualism that makes us so willing to sacrifice and scapegoat others in service of these idols
  • How can our Christian faith and Catholic theology respond to this plague of religious violence?

McCormick teaches courses in Christian ethics, medical ethics, and Catholic social teachings.

His lecture will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 23 in the Hemmingson Center Ballroom (third floor). The event is free and open to all.

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