Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance begets more ignorance, and sometimes violence.
It’s a phenomenon that His Grace Bishop Anba Suriel, Ph.D., said has led to the violence plaguing Egypt of late, in particular the persecution of the nation’s Coptic Christian minority.
As the Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Melbourne, Australia, Bishop Suriel has made religious education the focus of his life’s work. He graduates today from Fordham with his doctorate of religion from the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education.“One of the major problems in Egypt is a lack of education,” he said. “Without people being open to understanding, we see the burning of hundreds of churches and Christians being massacred in the streets.”
Bishop Suriel said that a large influx of Coptic Christians is coming to his diocese to escape the violence in Egypt. Even though Egypt’s Muslims and Christians have lived side ...