A compelling look at today's complex relationship betweenreligion and politics
In his second book, bestselling author Charles Kimball addressesthe urgent global problem of the interplay between fundamentalistAbrahamic religions and politics and moves beyond warning signs(the subject of his first book) to the dangerous and lethaloutcomes that their interaction can produce. Drawing on hisextensive personal and professional knowledge of, experience withand access to all three traditions, Kimball's explanation of themultiple ways religion and politics interconnect within Judaism,Christianity, and Islam will illuminate the problems and givereaders a hopeful vision for how to chart a safer course into aprecarious future.
- Kimball is the author of When Religion Becomes Evil, oneof the most acclaimed post 9/11 books on terrorism andreligion
- Reveals why religion so often leads to deadlyresults
- The author has scholarly knowledge and expertise and extensivepersonal experience with the peoples, cultures, and leadersinvolved
Readable and engaging, this book gives a clear picture oftoday's complex political and religious reality and offers hope forthe future.
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About 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.
Table of Contents
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
Selected Bibliography 229
The Author 233
Name Index 235
Subject index 241
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.