Inquisitive Minds Podcast Critical Thinking on History, Religion, Politics and Culture

In this week's episode, we will see how the declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel is more than just a political decision by Donald Trump. Many people are unaware that it was intended to please his evangelical electoral base. Indeed, many evangelicals believe that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel according to the biblical narratives, and that this city must play a leading role in the end times. Before addressing this issues, we will discuss in the first part of this week's epsiode the current debate in Canada concerning ISIS returnees.

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In this week's episode, we continue our discussion of recent terror attacks through the lens of propaganda used by IS and other jihadist groups or sympathizers. We try to understand the impact of terror propaganda on social media plateforms and see how "news" relegated by terrorists and their supporters serve as a way to promote an "alternate" version of events.

 

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In this week's episode, we will discuss three recent terror attacks through the lens of propaganda used by IS and other jihadist groups or sympathizers. What is the impact of this terror propaganda on social media plateforms? How much credibility should be given to "news" relegated by some jihadists channels? In what way does such propaganda provide an alternate version and interpretation of events? 

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This week again, we continue with our topic on "Assaulting Cultural Heritage: ISIS's Fight to Destroy Diversity in Iraq and Syria." A conference on this theme was organized by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) and held at Concordia University on September 25-26, 2016. This episode focuses on the Christian tradition and notes some of the recent destructive actions brought about by ISIS from a comparative perspective. We end with a few words on the shared apocalyptic worldview embraced by some religious extremist groups.

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Yesterday evening, we witnessed a super moon lunar eclipse or what Christian fundamentalists like to call a "blood moon". The latest craze among some evangelicals is the "Four Blood Moons Prophecy", an idea popularized by evangelists Mark Biltz and John Hagee. The event is interpreted in light of several apocalyptic texts from the Bible, which are believed to be tied to Israel's destiny. In this week's episode of the Inquisitive Minds Podcast, we deconstruct the preposterous claims of this so-called prophecy. People who believe such ludicrous ideas clearly lack critical thinking skills. The same goes for fundamentalist Christian preachers who promote this "prophecy". They simply are unqualified to teach the Bible, the holy book they claim to know and believe.


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