Does Religion Cause Violence?: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Violence and Religion in the Modern World - Violence, Desire, and the Sacred by Joel Hodge
One of the most pressing issues of our time is the outbreak of extremist acts of violence and terrorism, carried out in the name of religion. This volume critically analyzes…
Does Religion Cause Violence? synopsis
One of the most pressing issues of our time is the outbreak of extremist acts of violence and terrorism, carried out in the name of religion. This volume critically analyzes the link between religion and violence in contemporary theory and suggests that "religion" has no particular relation to violence in opposition to culture, ideology or nationalism. Instead, religion and violence must be understood in relation to basic anthropological and philosophical categories such as culture, desire, disasters and competition.
Does religion cause violence? It explores contemporary situations of religious violence, such as Islamic terrorism and extremism in its various political, economic, religious, military and technological dimensions, as well as the legitimacy and effectiveness of modern cultural mechanisms to contain violence, such as nuclear deterrence. Including the views of experts in theology, philosophy, terrorism studies and Islamic studies, this volume combines the views of René Gérard, the first scene of 20th century violence, with the latest scholarship on religion and violence, in particular exploring the nature of extremist violence..