New religions and violence: KVH Debate
New religions are protest movements. They often originate due to dissatisfaction with the prevalent social code; they may also express a disagreement with the existing ideology of one of the established religions. At the present time, there are thousands of new religion conflicts around the world. In the monograph Nová náboženství a násilí [New religions and violence] Zdeněk Vojtíšek explores this theme in depth.
One of the many forms of this kind of violence, religious persecution in Iran and China, was discussed in a debate with Zdeněk Vojtíšek, Professor Hana Sodeyfi (follower of the Bahá’í Faith), and Milan Kajínek (Falun Gong practitioner).
The debate moderated by religious studies scholar Pavel Hošek was organised by Knihovna Václava Havla.
photographer: Vladimír Šigut