Fighting Words

Fighting Words

Religion, Violence, and the Interpretation of Sacred Texts

Book - 2012
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"One of the critical issues in interreligious relations today is the connection, both actual and perceived, between sacred sources and the justification of violent acts as divinely mandated. Fighting Words makes solid text-based scholarship accessible to the general public, beginning with the premise that a balanced approach to religious pluralism in our world must build on a measured, well-informed response to the increasingly publicized and sensationalized association of terrorism and large-scale violence with religion. In his introduction, Renard provides background on the major scriptures of seven religious traditions--Jewish, Christian (including both the Old and New Testaments), Islamic, Baha'i, Zoroastrian, Hindu, and Sikh. Eight chapters then explore the interpretation of select facets of these scriptures, focusing on those texts so often claimed, both historically and more recently, as inspiration and justification for every kind of violence, from individual assassination to mass murder. With its nuanced consideration of a complex topic, this book is not merely about the religious sanctioning of violence but also about diverse ways of reading sacred textual sources."--p. [4] of cover.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780520258310
0520258312
9780520274198
0520274199
9780520954083
0520954084
Characteristics: vii, 254 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Renard, John 1944-

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