On August 1st, 1966, Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the University of Texas at Austin's clock tower and performed the first televised and (at the time) deadliest mass shooting in American history. Two weeks later, FBI agents interviewed a Catholic priest in Alaska who had known Whitman and his family for fifteen years. Jo Scott-Coe discovered this interview, and, as a stray Catholic, she was intrigued: what was the nature of the priest's connection to the sniper? What light did this relationship shed on the sniper's experience of religion?
Like most Jews, Larry Behrendt grew up knowing next to nothing about Christianity. The publication of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and the release of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ made him wonder if there might be something to the stories they told of Christian origins. Could it be that that the historical Jesus was just an ordinary human, and that the history of Christian-Jewish enmity was based on a misunderstanding?
Nonfiction writers Jo Scott-Coe and Larry Behrendt were both driven by a curiosity about Christianity, resulting in years of research and writing which culminated in two books: MASS: A Sniper, a Father, and a Priest and Sacred Dissonance. Join us for a conversation between these two authors, where they'll discuss nonfiction's importance to the study of Christianity, for non-Christians to be actively involved in that conversation, what tools can be employed to engage in meaningful dialogue about religious topics, and more.
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