Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence
Chair: Daniel Finkelstein
In his powerful and timely new book, Not in God’s Name, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism. If religion is perceived to be part of the problem, he argues, it must also form part of the solution. To understand this, you first have to recognize the concept of ‘altruistic evil’, of violence committed in the name of God, and only by understanding our collective past will we be able to build a better future. Chaired by Daniel Finkelstein.
Jonathan Sacks is a global religious leader and philosopher, sits in the House of Lords, and is the author of 25 books and the recipient of many international prizes. He is currently Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University and Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University. He is also Professor of Law, Ethics and the Bible at King’s College London. He served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth between September 1991 and September 2013. Image c. Blake Ezra
Daniel Finkelstein is a columnist and Associate Editor of The Times. Before joining the paper in 2001 he was adviser to both Prime Minister John Major and Conservative leader William Hague, and he has advised many other prominent Conservative party ministers. He was made a life peer in 2013. Daniel is Alfred Wiener’s grandson.