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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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Encyclopedia Of Arkansas History and Culture
Belief and Bloodshed has a definite advantage over similar ones in that it offers a fairly global and historical perspective on its subject. ...All those interested in the nexus of religion and violence - either from a purely academic standpoint or with practical intentions toward the reclamation of faith from its historical and lamentable darker tendencies - would be well served by this important book.
Ploughshares Magazine
Of the many volumes published on religious violence in the last few years, few rise to the level of Belief and Bloodshed.... A definite advantage over similar ones in that it offers a fairly global and historical perspective on its subject, rather than focusing on the monotheistic traditions and the modern age, as is popular....All those interested in the nexus of religion and violence—either from a purely academic standpoint or with practical intentions toward the reclamation of faith from its historical and lamentable darker tendencies—would be well served by this important book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742558243
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

James Wellman is associate professor in the Comparative Religion Program at the University of Washington.

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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
References     227
Index     263
About the Contributors     269
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