Christianity; Islam and the idea of essential difference.


With Bruce Lawrence, Michael Sells, Lars Gule and Nora Eggen.

Thursday 1. March 2012, 09:00 until 13:00

Venue: Wergeland

Host: Litteraturhuset

Entrance: Free entry

What are the differences between Christianity and Islam? Is it true that democracy, modernity and science is incompatible with Islam, but compatible with Christianity? Both religions exist in various versions and varieties, historically as well as today. Both has been, and are, official religions in vastly different states and societies. How has these societies been formed by theology and faith? What are the differences between the messages in the Bible and the Qur’an?

Bruce Lawrence is Professor of Religious Studies and an expert on religious fundamentalism, Michael Sells is Professir in Islamic literature and history. Discussing these questions, they will be joined by Nora Eggen, PhD Candidate in Islamic Studies, and Lars Gule, social commentator and Associate Professor in International Studies.