This morning's plenary address was given by Christopher Marshall. Dr. Marshall has authored five books on biblical and ethical themes. Among them is Beyond Retribution: A New Testament Vision for Justice, Crime and Punishment (Eerdmans, 2001), named in the 2002 “Outstanding Academic Titles” list produced by the book review journal Choice. It was also listed in the “Top Ten Books for Parish Ministry” by the American Academy of Parish Clergy”, and nominated for the Grawemeyer Award in Religion. He is also doing a workshop at Grace Church this coming Saturday Sept 15th.
He asked what aspects of a religious world view lead to violence and what can be done in each religion to prevent this. He concluded his address by calling for practitioners of every religion to undertake a "terror audit" of the violence from within their own communities. This is a contribution we could all make and a good follow-up exercise to the address.