Read e-book online Cruel Creeds, Virtuous Violence: Religious Violence Across PDF

By Jack David Eller

This illuminating, in-depth study presents a wealth of case fabric, demonstrating the various manifestations of spiritual violence—not simply struggle and terrorism, that are the point of interest of such a lot of discussions of religiously influenced violence—but additionally extra time-honored types.  The writer, an anthropologist, devotes separate chapters to:

• sacrifice (both animal and human);
• self-mortification (including self-injury, asceticism, and martyrdom);
• non secular persecution (from anti-Semitic pogroms to witchhunts);
• ethno-religious clash (including such hotspots as Sri Lanka, Northern eire, and the previous Yugoslavia);
• non secular wars (from the traditional Hebrews’ wars and the Christian Crusades to Islamic jihad and Hindu righteous wars);
• and non secular murder and abuse (spousal abuse, genital mutilation, and "dowry death," between different manifestations).

In the ultimate bankruptcy, "Religion and Nonviolence," the writer examines nonviolent and low-conflict societies and considers a number of equipment of coping with clash.

This e-book is going far towards aiding us comprehend the character of violence commonly, its advanced connections with faith, and the way society sooner or later may perhaps stay away from being blindsided by way of the worst features of human nature.

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