In God's Name: Genocide and Religion in the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

In God's Name: Genocide and Religion in the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

by Omer Bartov
     
 

ISBN-10: 1571813020

ISBN-13: 9781571813022

Pub. Date: 01/01/2001

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated

Despite the widespread trends of secularization in the 20th century, religion has played an important role in several outbreaks of genocide since the First World War. And yet, not many scholars have looked either at the religious aspects of modern genocide, or at the manner in which religion has taken a position on mass killing. This collection of essays addresses…  See more details below

Overview

Despite the widespread trends of secularization in the 20th century, religion has played an important role in several outbreaks of genocide since the First World War. And yet, not many scholars have looked either at the religious aspects of modern genocide, or at the manner in which religion has taken a position on mass killing. This collection of essays addresses this hiatus by examining the intersection between religion and state-organized murder in the cases of the Armenian, Jewish, Rwandan, and Bosnian genocides. Rather than a comprehensive overview, it offers a series of descrete, yet closely related case studies, that shed light on three fundamental aspects of this issue: the use of religion to legitimize and motivate genocide; the potential of religious faith to encourage physical and spiritual resistance to mass murder; and finally, the role of religion in coming to terms with the legacy of atrocity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571813022
Publisher:
Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Series:
War and Genocide Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
935,333
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Pt. IThe Perpetrators: Theology and Practice
Ch. 1Religion, Ethnicity, and Nationalism: Armenians, Turks, and the End of the Ottoman Empire23
Ch. 2Genocide, Religion, and Gerhard Kittel: Protestant Theologians Face the Third Reich62
Ch. 3When Jesus Was an Aryan: The Protestant Church and Antisemitic Propaganda79
Ch. 4A Pure Conscience Is Good Enough: Bishop von Galen and Resistance to Nazism106
Ch. 5Between God and Hitler: German Military Chaplains and the Crimes of the Third Reich123
Ch. 6Christian Churches and Genocide in Rwanda139
Ch. 7The Churches and the Genocide in the East African Great Lakes Region161
Ch. 8Kosovo Mythology and the Bosnian Genocide180
IISurvival: Rescuers and Victims
Ch. 9The Absorption of Armenian Women and Children into Muslim Households As a Structural Component of the Armenian Genocide209
Ch. 10Transcending Boundaries: Hungarian Roman Catholic Religious Women and the "Persecuted Ones"222
Ch. 11Denial and Defiance in the Work of Rabbi Regina Jonas243
Ch. 12A Personal Account259
IIIAftermath: Politics, Faith, and Representation
Ch. 13Zionist and Israeli Attitudes Toward the Armenian Genocide267
Ch. 14Faith, Religious Practices, and Genocide: Armenians and Jews in France following World War I and II289
Ch. 15Orthodox Jewish Thought in the Wake of the Holocaust: Tamim Pa'alo of 1947316
Ch. 16Jewish-American Artists and the Holocaust: The Responses of Two Generations342
Ch. 17The Journey to Poland350
Conclusion372
List of Contributors384
Index389

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