Fields of Blood

Fields of Blood

Religion and the History of Violence

Downloadable Audiobook - 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 September 11, 2001-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 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. The comparative approach is new: while there have been plenty of books on jihad or the Crusades, for example this one lays the Christian and the Islamic way of war side...
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780553399318
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: digital
Additional Contributors: Armstrong, Karen
Notes: Unabridged

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Jul 04, 2016

A summary of the history of major religions from the point of view of their doctrines and practices of violence, at least for the first two thirds, whilst the last third tends to meander through times and places and often resorts to special pleading. Nevertheless, well narrated by the author herself, and well worth one's time and effort.

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