Roundtable Series: The Crucifixion of Jesus and the Unity of Religions
Led by Dr. Mina Yazdani. “They did not kill him and they did not crucify him, rather, it only appeared so to them” (Quran 4:157). This is the only verse in the Quran that mentions the crucifixion of Jesus. It has largely been understood by mainstream Muslims as denying the historical fact that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. Such a doctrinal position has posed an obstacle to dialogue between Muslims and Christians, given the centrality of Jesus’s death in Christianity and its redeeming role in saving humanity. The Baha’i writings, however, see no contradiction between this Quranic verse and the historicity of crucifixion as recounted in the Gospels. The meaning of the Quranic verse, to Baha’is, is that Jesus’s reality—his spirit—was not crucified; his opponents were only capable of crucifying his elemental body, while his heavenly existence remains eternal. This understanding is based on an overarching tenet in the Baha’i faith, that of the unity of religions, which will be explored in this month’s roundtable.
Dr. Yazdani is an Associate Professor of History at EKU.
This event will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 3:30pm-4:30pm in the Main Library, Room 208.
Although this is an in-person event, any who wish to join via zoom may contact the organizer: Matthew.Pianalto@eku.edu
Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend. Please follow all EKU mandated health and safety protocols; masks will be required at this event.
For more information about the EKU Philosophy and Religious Studies Roundtable Series, see: https://philosophy.eku.edu/roundtable-discussions