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How does religion stimulate and feed imperial ambitions and violence? Recently, this question has gained new urgency, and in religion, empire and torture, Bruce Lincoln deals with the problem through…

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How does religion stimulate and feed imperial ambitions and violence? Recently, this question has gained new urgency, and in religion, empire and torture, Bruce Lincoln deals with the problem through a classic case, but has been taught only a little: Achaemenian Persia. Lincoln identifies three essential components of the imperial theology that have a transient connection to history and contemporary: double ethics, the theory of divine election, and the sense of salvation. Beyond that, he asks, how does the Achim understand their place in the universe and their moral status with regard to others? Why did they feel involved in the conflict between good and evil? What is their sense of historical purpose, especially their desire to restore Paradise Lost? How did this lead to dealing with enemies and critics with the continued role of imperialism? Lincoln shows how these religious ideas formed the apocalyptic practice and brought unprecedented wealth, power and land to the Persians, but produced uncontrollable contradictions, as in the case of the horrific torture discussed in the last chapter of the book.

A close study of this episode leads to Lincoln's return to the present through a footnote that provides a solid and compelling perspective on the images from Abu Ghraib.



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