Download e-book for kindle: Cruel Creeds, Virtuous Violence: Religious Violence Across by Jack David Eller

By Jack David Eller

This illuminating, in-depth study presents a wealth of case fabric, demonstrating the various manifestations of non secular violence—not simply conflict and terrorism, that are the point of interest of such a lot of discussions of religiously influenced violence—but additionally extra familiar varieties.  The writer, an anthropologist, devotes separate chapters to:

• sacrifice (both animal and human);
• self-mortification (including self-injury, asceticism, and martyrdom);
• spiritual persecution (from anti-Semitic pogroms to witchhunts);
• ethno-religious clash (including such hotspots as Sri Lanka, Northern eire, and the previous Yugoslavia);
• non secular wars (from the traditional Hebrews’ wars and the Christian Crusades to Islamic jihad and Hindu righteous wars);
• and spiritual murder and abuse (spousal abuse, genital mutilation, and "dowry death," between different manifestations).

In the ultimate bankruptcy, "Religion and Nonviolence," the writer examines nonviolent and low-conflict societies and considers a variety of equipment of handling clash.

This booklet is going far towards aiding us comprehend the character of violence in general, its complex connections with faith, and the way society sooner or later may possibly keep away from being blindsided via the worst features of human nature.

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