When Religion Becomes Lethal: The Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam / Edition 1

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Whether it's terrorists in the Middle East who claim inspirationfrom Islam and express their hatred for the West, or the ongoingconflict between Israelis and Palestinians, or the violence done bythe religious extremists in the United States, it seems religiontoo often leads to lethal results.

Charles Kimball, the author of When Religion BecomesEvil, builds on his bestselling book to offer further insighton a difficult topic. When Religion Becomes Lethal answers keyquestions and provides a reliable framework for understanding whyreligious belief—especially in the Abrahamic faiths ofJudaism, Christianity, and Islam—so often leads to violenceand what constructive steps can be taken to chart a more hopefulfuture.

Kimball, an expert on comparative religion, has a profoundunderstanding of the often-troubled history between the Jewish,Christian, and Muslim descendents of Abraham. He examines a litanyof compelling questions that challenge us today including: Why arethe turbulent religious forces now seemingly more threatening thanever before? How representative are violent extremists operating inthe name of Islam? What do the large majority of Muslims reallywant? Is or should America be a Christian nation? What is aChristian nation? Is peace between Israel, the Palestinians, andneighboring Arab and Muslim states really possible? These questionsperplex many of us as daily headlines remind us all how even smallnumbers of religious zealots can wreak havoc on a massivescale.

When Religion Becomes Lethal offers a reliable,insightful, and useful way of thinking about and engaging thecritical issues of religion and politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470581902
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 330,385
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Kimball, Th.D., is presidential professor and director of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. An ordained Baptist minister, he is a frequent lecturer in universities and church-related settings as well as an expert analyst on issues related to the Middle East, Islam, Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, and the intersection of religion and politics. He is the author of five books, including the bestselling When Religion Becomes Evil.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

1 Christmas with the Ayatollah: The Volatile Mix of Religion andPolitics 1

2 God Gave Us This Land: The Roots of Religion and Politics inJudaism 15

3 Israel: Deadly Confl ict in Zion 33

4 "Render unto Caesar": Religion and Politics in Christianity58

5 America: One Nation Under God? 75

6 There Is No God But God: Religion and Politics in Islam 96

7 Muslim vs. Muslim: The Struggle for the Soul of Islam 120

8 Iran and Iraq: Axis of Evil or Harbinger of Hope? 137

9 A Road to Disaster: The Fallacy of Fundamentalism 157

10 Hope for the Perilous Journey Ahead 178

Notes 193

Selected Bibliography 229

The Author 233

Name Index 235

Subject index 241

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Great Study Book

    We are using this book at our church for weekly chapter discussions.
    It is very informative and well written. Raises good questions causing more research and sharing among those who want to really understand how extreme views overshadow the important messages of the three Abrahamic religions.

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    In light of current events over the past decade, this book is relevant to us individually, as American people, and as part of a global society. The author gives us insight into the dangers of religious movements that, when sanctioned by the state to promote violence, wreak havoc on our culture. As in his first book, he examines religious extremism of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam world-wide. Well-written and very readable, Kimball certainly did his research and the book is well documented.

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