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Fighting Words: Religion, Violence, and the Interpretation of Sacred Texts (Hardback)

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ISBN 10: 0520258312 / ISBN 13: 9780520258310
Edité par University of California Press, United States, 2013
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780520258310

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Titre : Fighting Words: Religion, Violence, and the ...

Éditeur : University of California Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2013

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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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.

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"Many qualified contributors have come together in this work to offer strong interpretations of how religious texts can justify violence. Each essay manages to be both interesting and thought-provoking--quite an accomplishment for such a broad examination of religious traditions."—Daniel Smith-Christopher, author of Jonah, Jesus, and Other Good Coyotes: Speaking Peace to Power in the Bible

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