A Fatal Addiction: War in the Name of God

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Algora Publishing, 2012 - Religion - 226 pages
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America, one of the most religious countries in the world, is also the most violent. Do God and war define the American spirit as much as apple pie and baseball? This unsettling book illustrates how bellicose, war-like language is used to explain the spiritual quest. It explores the violence of God tradition as it exists in all religions (including Buddhism), and then examines how this dynamic is flipped, with political leaders using spiritual and religious language to sell war to the general public. Although God and religion have often been used to sell war in the United States, this has been especially true since 9/11. After surveying the relationship of war and the spiritual quest in the major world religions, this study concludes with an overview of how that dynamic has affected the contemporary American public discourse on war. Does this intermingling of war and spirituality prepare the population for the coming of war? The institutional blending of the sacred and human aggression appear to be fundamental to human society. The second section of the book concentrates on the political language and speeches of American politicians since 2002, following the run-up to the Iraq war and its continuation over the past decade, showing how this mystical/war conflation permeates American society.
 

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Contents

Truth
1
Chapter One War
9
Chapter Two From the Beginning of Humanity
29
Chapter Three Judaism
41
Chapter Four Christianity
59
Chapter Five Islam
81
Chapter Six Hinduism
91
Chapter Seven Buddhism
103
Chapter Eight War as Love
135
Epilogue
161
Endnotes
175
Bibliography
195
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Bill Bernico: I began the Cooper detective stories in 1989, beginning with the original Matt Cooper when this newly-minted private eye opened his business in Hollywood, California in 1946. These adventures developed into a series of short stories that have progressed over the years as the Cooper Private Investigations business was handed down from one generation to the next. After 150+ short stories, and with the assistance of bestselling novelist/professional audio book producer/narrator Thomas Block, we have taken the essence of the Cooper sagas and developed them into full length novels. While many of these Cooper adventures have previously appeared independently, the full-length volumes that make up "The Cooper Eras" provide the complete story of these generations of California Private Detectives. Enjoy! Thomas Block: My first exposure to these charming and clever private detective stories from Bill Bernico was when the author contacted me to do audio book versions of some of his later works. After a number of back-and-forth exchanges, we hit on the idea of utilizing the core of the Cooper sagas as the basis for a more 'complete story' of this intriguing family of private detectives - a story which we expect will eventually run across several separate volumes in order to tell the entire tale. Join us on our ride through "The Cooper Eras," beginning with Volume One and then moving forward in time and adventures!

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