Not In God's Name: Making Sense of Religious Conflict

Not In God's Name: Making Sense of Religious Conflict

by Paula Fouce

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Not In God's Name: Making Sense of Religious Conflict by Paula Fouce

Paula Fouce was trapped in a religious riot after the assassination of India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Her life was threatened as mobs murdered in revenge and the country exploded in carnage. Before that time, she worked in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kashmir, India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet, and it had been peaceful. Not in God's Name searches for the causes and solutions to religious intolerance. Paula's quest to understand the causes of this violence took her on a journey to meet faith leaders including Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. She followed the Dalai Lama's guidance to understand religious intolerance. She produced the film. Not in God's Name, that aired on PBS, and wrote this book. Not in God's Name examines why religious clashes ravage our world, and why different creeds sometimes don't live in harmony. At any given time in our world, there are fifty conflicts being fought in the name of faith. Religion, a source of great peace, is sometimes misused to create division and strife. Not in God's Name asks the question, "Why do people kill in the name of God?"

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ISBN-13: 9780692364734
Publisher: Paradise Filmworks International
Publication date: 04/22/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 423
Sales rank: 1,017,418
File size: 6 MB

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Not In God's Name: Making Sense of Religious Conflict 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Pacificbookreview More than 1 year ago
Religious intolerance and violence, we see terrifying examples of it every day on the news, but why? Why are there atrocities committed in the name of God? How can people who are trying to get closer to God be so crude and violent towards one another? Will compassion ever rule and there ever be an end to the brutality? In her new book Not in God’s Name, acclaimed author and filmmaker Paula Fouce, thoughtfully explores the delicate conundrum that is religious hatred and violence. This book is the complementary companion to her 2010 award winning documentary film Not in God’s Name: In Search of Tolerance with the Dalai Lama. Not in God’s Name is a thoroughly compelling work based on author Fouce’s personal journey towards spiritual enlightenment as she searches for answers to the paradox of religious hatred and violence. She takes readers on a gritty guided journey through time, history and faiths as she explores multiple mainstream religions, talks with their spiritual leaders, and analyzes the direly zealous actions of religious extremists. Well written and grounded in its approach to such a sensitive subject, readers will immediately be drawn into the complex world that is religious intolerance. The completely disheartening first-hand accounts of the acts of violence and depravity are haunting and frightening to say the least. However, this is not a completely despondent read as author Paula Fouce has done an excellent job of establishing an enlightening balance as she brings into perspective some hope with her contemplative and illuminating discourses with religious leaders, such as: Mother Teresa, and The Dalai Lama, as well many other teachers, political figures and lay people. Also, Author Fouce does not address the issue of religious violence and intolerance with fomenting finger pointing instead she looks to demystify the subject by looking at the reasons for the basis of religious violence such as defense of the faith, political machinations, ignorance or embittering conflicts of religious dogma found in religions. While to some, none of these reasons are justification for religious based violence at least, they provide a basic understanding of the catalysts and indicate where change is needed most when it comes to religious tolerance. I truly enjoyed “Not in God’s Name,” it was a revealing and humbling read that aptly approached the troubling subject of violent religious intolerance. What I found truly engaging about this book is that it addresses and analyzes centuries of religious strife from multiple viewpoints. Also, the book speaks of hope, hope for the future tolerant coexistence of all people and religious creeds, hope for compassion, and hope for love in a world that seems like it is going to hell in a hand basket. I recommend this book for any readers interested in the subject, it is eye opening.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite Not In God's Name: Making Sense of Religious Conflict by Paula Fouce begins with a vivid description of the pandemonium, the aftermath of the killing of Mrs Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India, in 1984. Paula Fouce happened to witness many horrific incidents, of Sikhs being attacked and murdered, looting and arson on a big scale, the president’s (who happened to be a Sikh) car being attacked, and many other scenes of great repugnance. This made her embark upon a long journey through the spiritual essence of India, recollecting the many impressions left by previous visits, as well as letting fresh impressions evolve by making new visits. There is hardly a part of India that she hasn’t visited to experience for herself, especially the spiritual makeup. From the abodes of the yogis, swamis and others in Himalayas, the Jewish synagogues, Buddhism, Jainism and other practices, the influence from other cultures like the Chinese, and the modern challenges from the jihadists, no aspect of violence or the efforts to quell violence in our society is left untouched in her attempt to find an answer. Not In God's Name: Making Sense of Religious Conflict by Paula Fouce exhorts India to take a prime role in saving human society. Reminding us of the importance Asoka as well as Akbar felt towards religious tolerance and the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi, she ends with a quote from the ancient scriptures of India: “The different religions are like lotus flowers. They rise from the murky depths, and when they finally reach the sunlight they bloom. When a lotus opens, it represents spiritual awakening. No two buds are alike, and no one blossom is more beautiful than another. They all celebrate the divine.”