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Fields of blood : religion and the history of violence

Armstrong, Karen, 1944-2015
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Countering the atheist claim that believers are by default violent fanatics and religion is the cause of all major wars, Karen Armstrong demonstrates that religious faith is not inherently violent. In fact, the world's major religions have throughout their history displayed ambivalent attitudes towards aggression and warfare. At times they have allied themselves with states and empires for protection or to further their influence; at others they have tried to curb state oppression and aggression and worked for peace and justice. Taking us on a journey from prehistoric times to the present, Karen Armstrong contrasts medieval crusaders and modern-day jihadists with the pacifism of the Buddha and Jesus' vision of a just and peaceful society; moreover, she demonstrates that the underlying reasons - social, economic, political - for war and violence in our history often had very little to do with religion.
London : Vintage, 2015.London : Vintage, 2015.
518 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published: London: The Bodyley Head, 2014.Originally published: London: The Bodley Head, 2014.Includes bibliographical references and index.
9780099564980 (pbk)
Dewey class:
201.76332201.763201.76332 ARM
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