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Sunday Jewish Book Group: Not in God’s Name

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Cover of Not in Gods NamePlease join us on Sunday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the library’s Von der Ahe Family Suite (level 3) for a discussion of Not in God’s Name by Jonathan Sacks. The discussion will be moderated by Elaine Goodfriend (CSUN Jewish Studies).

The Sunday Jewish Book and Discussion Group is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and riveting conversation will be served. Please RSVP by contacting Rhonda Rosen at rrosen@lmu.edu or 310-338-4584.

About the book

Drawing on arguments from evolutionary psychology, game theory, history, philosophy, ethics and theology, Sacks shows how a tendency to violence can subvert even the most compassionate of religions. Through a close reading of key biblical texts at the heart of the Abrahamic faiths, Sacks then challenges those who claim that religion is intrinsically a cause of violence, and argues that theology must become part of the solution if it is not to remain at the heart of the problem.This book is a rebuke to all those who kill in the name of the God of life, wage war in the name of the God of peace, hate in the name of the God of love, and practice cruelty in the name of the God of compassion.

For the sake of humanity and the free world, the time has come for people of all faiths and none to stand together and declare: Not in God’s Name.