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Destructive Power of Religion Violence in Christianity, Judaism and Islam

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ISBN-10: 0275997081

ISBN-13: 9780275997083

Edition: 2007

Authors: J. Harold Ellens

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Hailed in reviews as "unsettling but thought-provoking," "compelling," and "critical coverage," the set from which these chapters were drawn has a core theme that demonstrates the three major religions share the ancient notion that history and the human soul are caught in a cosmic conflict between good and evil, or God and devil, which cannot be resolved without violence, a cataclysmic final solution such as the extermination of nations, the execution of humans, or even the death of God's own son. As forward writer Archbishop Desmond Tutu writes, "This is a groundbreaking work with tremendous insight."
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 5/30/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

In 2002 Janice Maynard left a career as an elementary teacher to pursue writing full-time. Her first love is creating sexy, character-driven, contemporary romance. She has written for Kensington and NAL, and is very happy to be part of the Harlequin family--a lifelong dream. Janice and her husband live in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains. They love to hike and travel. Visit her at L. Ellens is an independent scholar of Hebrew Bible Languages and Literature.

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The Destructive Power of Religion
"The Bible Made Me Do It": Text, Interpretation, and Violence
The Qur'an, Muhammad, and Jihad in Context
Religious Metaphors Can Kill
The Disarmament of God
The Interface of Religion, Psychology, and Violence
The Dynamics of Prejudice
Destructive and Constructive Religion in Relation to Shame and Terror
The Role of Self-Justification in Violence
Toxic Texts
Jihad in the Qur'an, Then and Now
The Myth of Redemptive Violence
Beyond Just War and Pacifism: Jesus' Nonviolent Way
Fundamentalism, Orthodoxy, and Violence
The Myth of Redemptive Violence or the Myth of Redemptive Love
Violence and Christ: God's Crisis and Ours
Conclusion: Revenge, Justice, Hope, and Grace-Laura Blumenfeld's Journey
Series Afterword
About the Editor and Advisors
About the Contributors