Fields of Blood

Fields of Blood

Religion and the History of Violence

Book - 2014
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"From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion's connection to violence. For the first time in American history, religious self-identification is on the decline. Some have cited a perception that began to grow after Sept 11: That faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance and divisiveness--something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? And does it apply equally to all faiths? In these troubled times, we risk basing decisions of real and dangerous consequence on mistaken understandings of the faiths subscribed around us, in our immediate community as well as globally. And so, with her deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong examines the impulse toward violence in each of the world's great religions.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307957047
Branch Call Number: Philosophy & Religion 201.72 ARM


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May 19, 2015

The first and last chapters are by far the best; the intervening chapters that try to summarize 2000+ years of conflict in world history are rather awkward and prejudiced.

Apr 14, 2015

See "The Sword and the Scimitar : the Saga of the Crusades" by Ernle Bradford 1974.

Jan 07, 2015

An excellent book which shows that violence is indeed a very complex issue that cannot be explained by any single factor. Warfare in the "Middle East" probably started, as this author and others point out, by the pastoralist raidings of about 5 to 6000 years ago. Religion has simply been a part of the cultural mix and it really is difficult to single out any one issue as being the decisive cause of out tendency toward violence.

Jan 04, 2015

The author's attempt to play down the importance of religion on physical violence and conflict is sadly lacking. The vast majority of the content strongly shows that religion is the principal cause of conflict between nations. Religion, plus man's genetic make-up to be aggressive can account for most of the violence seen since history has been recorded.

Dec 05, 2014

Dec 5th, 2014,

How much longer before the book will be at Ocean Bark Library?
Veronica Neufeld


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