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Talking Scripture: A Civic Dialogue on Religion

The American Public Square took on the sensitive issue of “talking scripture” last Thursday at Pierson Auditorium.

UMKC Librarian Tomn Burns was a fact-checker for the event.

“We want you to become a part of the conversation,” Burns said.

Dr. Molly Zahn, from the Religious Studies department at the University of Kansas, emphasized the difference between the Catholic Bible and other versions.

“If you open up a Catholic Bible, you will find more books there,” Zahn said.

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, a Vanderbilt scholar, made the following allegory to modern and postmodern times.

“The stranger is the tourist, the person without a green  card,” Levine said.

The stranger in this case is a referenceto Jesus and his allegory of who people should help, known or stranger. Jesus implied both should be given aid.

UMKC’s Dr. Gary Ebersole found the event to be a refreshing change.

“In the midst of seemingly endless partisan bickering and demonizing of those with opinions different from one’s own, it was a breath of fresh air to hear a civil conversation again,” Ebersole said.

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