Wednesday 24th June 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX
With Jonathan MS Pearce and David Warden.
In the aftermath of the World Trade Centre attacks, President George W. Bush characterised Islam as a religion of peace, and politicians have continued to publicly maintain the benign nature of the religion following other more recent atrocities by Islamists. Many people agree with this belief, noting that the vast majority of Muslims live peaceful lives, but others counter that the roots of Islam include violent leaders, teachings and scripture.
So what is ‘the real Islam’? Is true Islam a force for good, and if so, how did it give rise to the revolutionary ideology of Islamism?
Author and blogger Jonathan MS Pearce and Chair of Dorset Humanists David Warden will each present a paper exploring ‘the real Islam’ and consider the prospects for more liberal interpretations of the religion with particular reference to the text of the Quran.
“A thought-provoking examination of the nature of Islam”
Free entry (donations appreciated). Everyone welcome!
Jonathan M.S. Pearce is a teacher from South Hampshire, UK, who has dedicated many years to studying all manner of things philosophical and theological. With a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Wales, Trinity St David, he also holds a degree from the University of Leeds, and a PGCE from Southampton. His published books include ‘Free Will?’ and ‘The Little Book of Unholy Questions’, ‘Twins: A Survival Guide for Dads’ and ‘The Nativity: A Critical Examination’.
(The Green House Hotel can also be accessed via its rear entrance in Gervis Road. The hotel has a small onsite car park, and roadside parking is also available in Gervis Road).
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