Former CIA Agent
Christianity, Islam and Radical Islam – Is There Hope?
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Explained – Tuesday, Oct. 14
Former CIA Officer and Middle East Specialist Pulls Back the Curtain on Social, Religious and Cultural Conflict Convulsing the Region
Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius said, “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” Gaining understanding of complex issues and current socio-political and culture conflicts requires a third dimension—experience.
Tom Carroll is a former officer in the Clandestine Service of the CIA, with years of undercover experience in the Middle East. On Tuesday, Oct. 14 Tom will bring us valuable insights on that region’s conflicts as the Catholics@Work featured speaker.
We all see the tension and conflict between Christians and Muslims in today’s world. Is there hope of resolving the tension and conflict?
Carroll thinks so, but emphasizes “It won’t happen until there is a real understanding of the differences that divide us, and equally--if not more important--the similarities between the two religions that offer hope for establishing mutual respect.”
Carroll grew up in Visalia, and was raised Protestant. His interest in the Middle East started with a junior high school field trip that exposed him to its culture and food. Eventually he joined the CIA’s Clandestine Service and spent many years undercover abroad.
While living five years in Turkey, “surrounded by history”, Carroll and his wife converted to Catholicism. Today his specialty is Islam and Catholicism. He also speaks, writes, and consults on other associated topics concerning Islam and the Middle East.
Carroll will share with us his faith journey and his knowledge of the differences and similarities between Christianity and Islam, as well as the difference between Islam and radical Islam.
John Dunican, president of Catholics@Work says, “After talking to Tom and reading some of his articles I am reminded of what Galileo said about truth, “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” “Tom’s breakfast talk will unearth truths for us that will, without a doubt, reshape, at least somewhat, our view of the Middle East conflict between Christians and Muslims that dominate the headlines today.”
Don’t miss this engaging, dynamic and informative speaker. Put it on your calendar today. And put it on your Facebook page so your family and friends will have an opportunity to register before all seats are reserved.