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Professor offers classes on the theologies of war and peace

March 25, 2003

An Austin Peay State University professor is offering classes aimed at studying the various theologies of war and peace among Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Dr. Albert Randall, professor of philosophy and religion, will hold his classes from 6:30-7:30 p.m., every Thursday, April 3-24, at Hopkinsville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, 301 Main Street.
March 25, 2003

An Austin Peay State University professor is offering classes aimed at studying the various theologies of war and peace among Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Dr. Albert Randall, professor of philosophy and religion, will hold his classes from 6:30-7:30 p.m., every Thursday, April 3-24, at Hopkinsville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, 301 Main Street.

The series begins by exploring the beliefs and values shared by these three great monotheisms and goes on to explore each religion individually by examining their theologies of political, spiritual and eschatological war and peace.

The four sessions are: “The Traditions of the Children of Abraham,” “War and Peace in the Hebrew Bible: ‘From Wahweh the Warrior God to the Creator Eloh-im,'” “War and Peace in the New Testament; ‘Christianity and the Eschatological Prince of Peace'” and “War and Peace in the Qur'an: ‘Islam and the Peace of Submitting One's Life to God.'”

This last session includes the Qur'an's theology of Jihad and concludes with comments on the wars against Iraq and terrorism.

A light supper will be served from 5:45-6:30 p.m.

Randall holds a master's degree in theology from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and master's and doctoral degrees in philosophy from The University of Oklahoma. He has taught 31 years at Austin Peay and has given 50 presentations to professional societies as well as numerous talks to education, civic, community and religious groups.

He is the author of 26 journal articles and two books including “Theologies of War and Peace Among Jews, Christians and Muslims,” the source for his lectures.

The sessions are free and open to the public. For further information, telephone Randall at 221-7479.