The 2015 Graduate Colloquium in Scripture, Interpretation, and Practice will soon be seeking submissions of original research from graduate students on the topic “Weaponizing Scripture?”
Religious communities have frequently appealed to their scriptures in contexts of conflict, both internal and external to their traditions. Religious traditions use scripture to define their own boundaries and to further goals outside their own communities; conversely, individuals and groups who are antagonistic towards particular traditions use those traditions’ scriptures against them. Political and military leaders cite scriptures as warrants for action, as do resistance movements and minority groups. The Word(s) of God can even be portrayed as a weapon within scripture itself and in its interpretive traditions.
Watch for the Call For Papers very soon!