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A compelling look at today's complex relationship between religion and politics
In his second book, bestselling author Charles Kimball addresses the urgent global problem of the interplay between fundamentalist Abrahamic religions and politics and moves beyond warning signs (the subject of his first book) to the dangerous and lethal outcomes that their interaction can produce. Drawing on his extensive personal and professional knowledge of, experience with and access to all three traditions, Kimball's explanation of the multiple ways religion and politics interconnect within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam will illuminate the problems and give readers a hopeful vision for how to chart a safer course into a precarious future.
Readable and engaging, this book gives a clear picture of today's complex political and religious reality and offers hope for the future.
1 Christmas with the Ayatollah: The Volatile Mix of Religion and Politics 1
2 God Gave Us This Land: The Roots of Religion and Politics in Judaism 15
3 Israel: Deadly Confl ict in Zion 33
4 "Render unto Caesar": Religion and Politics in Christianity 58
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
Selected Bibliography 229
The Author 233
Name Index 235
Subject index 241
Posted December 11, 2013
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.
Posted May 26, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.