Charles Kimball

Middle East expert and analyst on world religions, Islam, Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, and the intersection of religion and politics in America.

  • Author of five books, including When Religion Becomes Evil: Five Warning Signs and When Religion Becomes Lethal: The Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • Served for seven years as the Middle East expert, Director for the National Council of Churches and has traveled throughout the Middle East on 40 trips during the past 35 years.  He has worked with leaders throughout the Middle East as well as Congress and the White House.
  • Professor for “Comparative Religion” in The Great Courses series
  • Lecturer, Convocation, and keynote speaker for civic groups, colleges, universities, and seminary campuses.  Topics include “Introduction to Religious Studies,” “Comparative Religion,” “World Religions in America,” “Conceptions of the Afterlife,” “Religion and Politics in the Middle East,” and “Islam.” 


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“Thanks so much for your wonderful and effective lecture! You had the audience of 500 fully engaged. The whole evening was just terrific! . . . students in my class were there and we talked for 30 minutes today . . . ”

- Wake Forest University

“Your lecture and time with us at Illinois College was extremely well-received. Former 11-term Congressman, Paul Findley, and the wife of our president were among the first to say what a tremendous lecture you presented to our community this past week.”

- Illinois College

“With the courage and clarity of great reformers and the vision of the prophets, lectures and books set before us the potential of communities of faith in which each honors all.”

- The Chautauqua Institution

“The only religion course (from The Great Courses collection) I watched was Comparative Religion by Charles Kimball. It is excellent.”

- Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft

“Just finished this course on Comparative Religion and I am deeply impressed . . . . it would have been very helpful in better understanding certain aspects of the three highly religious societies in which I served as consul-general in New York and as ambassador to Israel and later to India.”

- Bob Hiensch, Ambassador-at-Large of The Netherlands