'Where Faith & Violence Coincide' to look at causes, solutions to culture clashes around the world

Posted at 4:30 AM, Oct 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-15 19:22:29-04

DENVER -- Metropolitan State University of Denver psychologist Harvey Milkman believes Culture Clashes are one of the defining issues of our time. And he feels they get started as a form of addiction.

“There are issues of nationalists, there are issues of political issues, financial issues, economic issues,” Dr. Milkman told Anne Trujillo on this week’s Politics Unplugged. “I started to thinking these kinds of ideas become compulsive and then it translated to behavior, so I started this concept of fantasies as addictive.”

Milkman says he first started thinking about compulsive ideas as being fantasies 12 years ago.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of just religion,” he said. “I think it’s extreme belief systems. There are secular beliefs that lead to violent activity. We’re talking faith in just about anything, blind faith and extreme faith.”

Milkman has organized a colloquium at Metro State to look at how these issues translate into violent culture clashes. Where Faith & Violence Coincide will be an all-day event at St. Cajetan’s Church on the Auraria campus this Wednesday.

“We have experts from all over the world coming in to talk about this,” Milkman said. “The keynote speaker is a woman who is ethnically from Libya and a Muslim background. She is a doctor and she is the voice of Libya and she will be talking about women as part of the solution to all of this.”

Where Faith & Violence Coincide, which will be taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 18, is a free event, but participants are asked to register in advance on the event website.

Politics Unplugged airs Sundays at 4:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Denver7.