The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


When religion becomes evil

A teach-in with Charles Kimball

Charles Kimball is a religion professor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. An ordained Baptist minister, he's worked for the National Council of Churches. He's also worked with Congress, the White House and the State Department for more than 20 years — and made 35 visits to the Middle East.

But these days he crisscrosses the country via car and plane, newspaper columns and airwaves. It started Sept. 11, 2001, when reporters called Kimball, who specialized in Islamic studies when earning a doctorate at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., to help interpret the attack. It's only increased since the 2002 publication of his book When Religion Becomes Evil (HarperSanFrancisco).

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