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This thoughtful book explores much of the background to the strife the globe faces today. In particular, Christopher Catherwood shows how religion and national pride, which are supposed to be positive forces, can become perverted ideologies that arouse hatred, slaughter, and war.
Religion often has been ignored as a vital component in understanding the awakened forces of nationalism. Catherwood not only helps to correct that imbalance but empowers us to comprehend our troubled world. If we understand our history and experiences, and the ways in which they can be manipulated for evil ends, then we are much better placed to solve the problems that grow from them in the present.
Posted July 27, 2002
Identity - whether nationalist, religious, cultural and political - at times builds, but also divides and destroys. Catherwood helps us navigate the sea of meaning that make up identity politics. Even those who disagree with Catherwood's answers will appreciate the way he asks the questions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.