Is Religion Killing Us?: Violence in the Bible and the Quran

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A&C Black, Aug 30, 2005 - Religion - 192 pages
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Coverage of recent world events has focused on violence associated with Islam. In this courageous and controversial book, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer claims that this narrow view ignores the broader and unfortunate relationship between human violence and the sacred texts of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Both the Bible and the Quran, he believes, are riddled with violent images of God and with passages that can be reasonably interpreted to justify violence against enemies in service to God's will.

According to Nelson-Pallmeyer, many wondered how Muslims could in God's name kill innocent civilians by flying airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Few, however, questioned U.S. leaders and citizens invoking God's name, or assuming God's favor, to fight the responsive "war against terrorism." And in the Middle East, the roots of the continuing and seemingly unsolvable conflict and violence are to be found in both the Torah and the Quran.

Nelson-Pallmeyer challenges the understanding of power that lies at the heart of the sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He argues that nonviolence is powerful and necessary and that a viable future for human beings and the planet depends on challenging the ways in which sacred texts reinforce visions of power that are largely abusive. A viable future, he says, depends on re-visioning God's power.

Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is Assistant Professor of Justice and Peace Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more than twenty years he has studied and written about the relationship of religion, violence, and peace, and his books include Jesus Against Christianity: Reclaiming the Missing Jesus (Trinity Press International) and School of Assassins: Guns, Greed, and Globalization.
  

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This volume by justice and peace studies professor Nelson-Pallmeyer (Univ. of St. Thomas; Jesus Against Christianity) is daring, paradigm changing, and/or heretical, depending upon your religious ... Read full review

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Before writing the book, the author should have collected data/statistics on deaths and destruction caused by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in history. I think these statistics are less than the result of bombing Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Was any religion or violent image of God responsible for this nuclear destruction?  

Contents

Lunatics and Messengers
1
Religion and Violence
13
ViolenceofGod Traditions in the Hebrew Scriptures
27
Violent Story Lines in the Hebrew Scriptures
41
ViolenceofGod Traditions in the New Testament
57
ViolenceofGod Traditions in the Quran
73
Room for Doubt?
95
Saved by Enemies
111
Saved by Doubt
129
Index
151
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Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is Assistant Professor of Justice and Peace Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more than twenty years he has studied and written about the relationship of religion, violence, and peace and his books include Jesus Against Christianity: Reclaiming the Missing Jesus and School of Assassins: Guns, Greed, and Globalization.

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