“The Misuse of Religion: Dealing With Challenging Texts” is the title of the 19th Jewish-Christian Seminar that will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at Northwestern Hall Auditorium at Luther Seminary.

The world’s religious traditions have sacred texts that contain problematic passages used to support violence, prejudice and exclusivity. A rabbi and three professors will discuss how to understand these passages and what to do with them in light of the way they sometimes are used for evil purposes.

The speakers will be Esther Adler-Rephan, a rabbi at Mount Zion Temple in St. Paul; Frederick Gaiser, professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary; Lois Malcolm, associate professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary; and Earl Schwartz, assistant professor of religion and director of the Social Justice Program at Hamline University.

The program is co-sponsored by the ELCA Region 3 Task Force on Jewish-Christian Relations, the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish Christian Learning at the University of St. Thomas and St. John’s University, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and Luther Seminary.

The program, which includes a light kosher meal, is open to the public. The cost is $30. For registration and additional information, see http://www.luthersem.edu/lifelong_learning or call (651) 641-3416.