Laying down the Sword Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses

ISBN-10: 0061990728

ISBN-13: 9780061990724

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Authors: Philip Jenkins

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Philip Jenkins delivers a fearless examination of the dark and violent verses of the Bible—and a call for us to read them anew in pursuit of a richer, more honest faith. From “one of America’s best scholars of religion” (The Economist), this daring exploration of the Scripture’s most difficult passages forces us to confront and accept the violence that was as integral to the formulation of Christianity’s message as it was for many other of the world’s religions, and shows us how a full understanding of the Scripture will allow us to finally move towards a more peaceful, spiritual world. Readers of Bart Ehrman’s God’s Problem, John Selby Spong’s The Sins of Scripture, and Jenkins’s own The Jesus Wars, as well as every Christian eager to square the recurrent violence of the Scripture with Christianity’s enduring message of peace, will find these difficult questions explored in full in Laying Down the Sword.
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Book details

List price: $15.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Philip Jenkins is professor of history and religious studies at Pennsylvania State University. His many books include Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Social Crisis.

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Introduction: Motes and Beams
Scripture as Problem
Everything That Breathes
Truth and History
Words of the Sword
The Inheritance
Sons of Joshua
Warrant for Genocide
Amalekite Nightmares
Truth and Reconciliation
Judging God
Coming to Terms
Historians and Prophets
Preaching the Unpreachable
Scripture Alone?
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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