We did not anticipate this summer of fatal fanaticism when we decided to hold the third Global Conference on World's Religions after September 11 in Montreal this year, which will meet on September 15. Little did we know while we were planning the conference that its purpose and goal would become even more relevant today. The events which we have seen this summer raise the following questions:
What is fanaticism? And how do we combat it?
As the convener of the conference, I try to provide an answer to the question, "What is fanaticism?" in the following video.
For an answer to the question, "How to combat it?" please join us on September 15 at the venue of the conference.
For more on the relationship between faith and fanaticism, and how religions can contribute to peace in the world, also see the following videos:
Birks Professor of Comparative Religion
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