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By Thomas Block

This unsettling e-book stories particular cases of 'holy battle' as proposed within the holy books of the key religion traditions, and illustrates how bellicose, war-like language is used to provide an explanation for the non secular quest. the writer proposes that this intermingling of warfare and spirituality prepares the inhabitants for the arriving of conflict. conflict as non secular perform appears to be like inevitable, because of this religio-violent schooling that is woven via all religion traditions. The institutional mixing of the sacred and human aggression seem to be primary to human society.

The moment component of the booklet particularizes this dynamic inside our modern, American social and political milieu. It concentrates at the political language and speeches of yankee politicians on account that 2002, following the run-up to the Iraq warfare and its continuation during the last decade, displaying precisely how this mystical/war conflation permeates American society.

This ebook has huge strength readership, together with teachers and lay readers serious about the fields of warfare, political technological know-how, peace and clash answer, faith, spirituality and basic social history.

Students from West aspect to St. John's of Annapolis will locate it difficult and informative, possibly altering their belief of conflict, faith and human society.

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You will not read about the destructive element in religions in the advertisements for the church of your choice. Yet . . 36 Most religious narratives are steeped in the imagery of combat, and political and even religious leaders use religion to provide justification for bellicose acts. 14 Chapter One: War Violence and God, war and religion have been intertwined since the beginning of human time. Religion, after all, is about reaching into the soul to stir a consciousness beyond the limits of language and the mundane.

We have built God, religion and society onto an original “sacred-violence” foundation. We have not evaded or superseded it. 86 Sacrifice As Bruce Chilton (Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion at Bard College) noted in Abraham’s Curse, before war, even, the violence of God was satisfied through human sacrifice. Only later on, as civilizations grew and urbanized, was the violence turned outward, and the “healthier” option of war was founded. It should be noted, however, that human sacrifice as a religious rite lasted within human society up until the dawn of the Enlightenment, in the Americas, with the Aztec civilization in particular (c.

Most of us willingly accept war, as long as we can fold it into a belief system that paints the ensuing suffering as necessary for a higher good, for human beings seek not only happiness, but also meaning. 35 Regardless of what one might wish to believe, war and religious experience are deeply and inextricably entangled. Any person who looks you resolutely in the eye and states, “My religion is a religion of peace,” almost certainly does not have a complete understanding of his or her own religious path.

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