Children's Literature - Carlee HallmanThis book raises questions without answering them. Are the causes of religious extremism due to politics, poverty, or Christian and Muslim teaching? Another option is the question of land ownership as seen in Israel. The issue of abortion and the attraction of people to cults whose end is violence are other possibilities. What are our options for the future? Will extremists take over? A map is shown of sites of religious conflicts around the world, along with information about the religions involved. Salman Rushdie is quoted saying, "The problem's name is God." Dan Smith is quoted in The State of the World Atlas, 2003 edition, saying, "If nobody starts the trouble, we could do as our beliefs command us in perfect peace." The pages are broken up by paragraphs in different size print and colored photographs. This is part of the "Voices" series. A time line which begins with Constantine, a glossary, lists of resources, and an index are included. This is a book to provoke discussion about these explosive issues.
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