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Religion and Violence – The Conflicts of New Religions

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 6, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

New religious movements are movements of protest. They frequently stem from dissatisfaction with a dominant social code, but they can also express disagreement with the existing ideology of an established religion. And conflicts involving new religions are not just a matter of the past, according to Zdeněk Vojtíšek’s new monograph Nová náboženství a násilí (New Religions and Violence).

One of the many forms of such violence, the persecution of religions in Iran and China, will be discussed by the author, Professor Hana Sodeyfi, an expert on the Bahá'í faith, and Milan Kajínek, a member of the Falun Gong community.

The debate will be chaired by Religious Studies specialist Professor Pavel Hošek.

Organised by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with the Karolinum publishing house.

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Diary entry for 26. April 2005, To the Castle and Back

„And here we are once more on the subject of Czech small-mindedness. Look after Number One, don’t get mixed up in other people’s business, keep your head down, don’t look up – we’re surrounded by mountains and those whirlwinds from the outside world will blow over our heads and we can go on burrowing in our little backyard. How many wise essays or books have been written about his domestic self-absorption of ours!“

Václav Havel:
Diary entry for 26. April 2005, To the Castle and Back, 2006

Václav Havel’s Prague