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Published on Jun 24, 2015
Discussion Lecture Forty Apostasy: An Atheist Perspective Discussion Lecture Forty Apostasy: An Atheist Perspective The books and articles that I refer to during the lecture may be found at AtheistScholar.org at the end of the written lecture titled “Apostasy” in the Bibliography. The topic of this lecture is apostasy and its definition by various religions. We shall scrutinize as well the religious reaction to being abandoned. But I shall also a glance at the word’s secular meaning, and how it is used by contemporary sociologists. The talk will discuss the concept of apostasy in the present day and in contemporary and historical Christianity. I shall be reading from the Church Fathers’ works that discuss apostasy, including some that advocate death for the offense. The lecture will also look at apostasy in contemporary Islam, how it is defined and how it is punished. All of the countries in the contemporary world which have the death penalty in place for apostasy are Muslim majority nations. I shall be discussing passages from the Koran and other Islamic writings that impart injunctions to kill people who leave Islam, as well as opinions from the major Islamic Schools that justify the death penalty for apostates.