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'God and War' is topic for talks, Feb. 21-23

Three talks on the topic of "God and War" will be presented as part of the Stafford Little Lectures Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 21-23.

Mark Juergensmeyer, director of global and international studies and professor of sociology and religious studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara, will speak at 8 each evening in McCosh 50.

He will address these questions: What purpose does the concept of war serve in times of social chaos and uncertainty? What is the relationship between violence and religion? How can the global terror war be contained?

Juergensmeyer is the author of several books, including "Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence," which the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times identified as one of the best nonfiction books of 2003. He has interviewed numerous religious extremists, including the individuals convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Hamas leaders and abortion clinic bombers. He also has been a frequent commentator in the news media on the subject of religious violence.

The talks are sponsored by the University Public Lecture Series and Princeton University Press.

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