Belief And Bloodshed / Edition 1by James K. Wellman Jr.
Pub. Date: 01/28/2007
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Belief and Bloodshed: Religion and Violence across Time and Tradition discusses how the relationship between religion and violence is not unique to a post-9/11 world-it has existed throughout all of recorded history and culture. Belief and Bloodshed makes clear the complex interactions between religion, violence, and politics to show that religion as always innocent… See more details below
Belief and Bloodshed: Religion and Violence across Time and Tradition discusses how the relationship between religion and violence is not unique to a post-9/11 world-it has existed throughout all of recorded history and culture. Belief and Bloodshed makes clear the complex interactions between religion, violence, and politics to show that religion as always innocent or always evil is misguided, and that rationalizations by religion for political power and violence are not new. Chronologically organized, the book shows religiously motivated violence across a variety of historical periods and cultures, moving from the ancient to the medieval to the modern worlds, and ending with an essay comparing the speeches of an ancient king to the speeches of the current U.S. president.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Religion and Violence: Past, Present, and Future James K. Wellman, Jr. 1
The Ancient and Medieval World
Dismemberment, Creation, and Ritual: Images of Divine Violence in the Ancient Near East Scott B. Noegel 13
Making Memory: Ritual, Rhetoric, and Violence in the Roman Triumph Sarah Culpepper Stroup 29
Taming the Beast: Rabbinic Pacification of Second-Century Jewish Nationalism Michael S. Berger 47
Violent Yearnings for the Kingdom of God: Munster's Militant Anabaptism Charles A. McDaniel, Jr. 63
Imperial Christianity and Sacred War in Byzantium Paul Stephenson 81
The Modern World
Founding an Empire of Sacrifice: Innocent Domination and the Quaker Martyrs of Boston, 1659-1661 Jon Pahl 97
Holy Culture Wars: Patterns of Ethno-Religious Violence in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century China David G. Atwill 115
Femicide as Terrorism: The Case of Uzbekistan's Unveiling Murders Marianne Kamp 131
Monks, Guns, and Peace: Theravada Buddhism and Political Violence Charles F. Keyes 145
Avoiding Mass Violence at Rajneeshpuram Marion S. Goldman 165
"Obliterating an Idol of the Modern Age": The New Iconoclasm from the Twin Buddhas to the Twin Towers Joel Black 179
Is War Normal for American Evangelical Religion? James K. Wellman, Jr. 195
On Political Theology, Imperial Ambitions, and Messianic Pretensions: Some Ancient and Modern Continuities Bruce Lincoln 211
About the Contributors 269
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