The Just War and Jihad: Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

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In the long history of the monotheistic tradition, violence - often bloody violence and warfare - have not just been occasional but defining activities. Do religions, and especially the Abrahamic tradition, encourage violence in the imagery of their sacred writings, in their theology, and in their tendency to see the world as a cosmos divided between powers of good and forces of evil? Is such violence a historical condition affecting all religious movements, or are some religions more prone to violence than others?The articles collected in this volume represent the independent and considered thinking of internationally known scholars from a variety of disciplines concerning the relationship between religion and violence, with special reference to the theories of just war and jihad, technical terms that arise in connection with the theology of early medieval Christianity and early Islam, respectively.The contributors include Hector Avalos, Charles K. Bellinger, Bahar Davary, Carol Delaney, J. Harold Ellens, Reuven Firestone, R. Joseph Hoffmann, Judith Lichtenberg, Pauletta Otis, Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, Laura Purdy, Joyce E. Salisbury, Regina M. Schwartz, and Robert B. Tapp.In the present global and political climate, the significant conversation about why religions provoke conflict and whether any religion is truly harmless cannot be ignored.
 

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Edited by Hoffman (religion, Wells Coll., NY;Julian's Against the Galileans ), this collection gathers papers from a recent meeting of the Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion, an ... Read full review

Contents

The God of Hosts
7
Some Central Problems in Just War Theory
15
The Obscenity of War and the Imperative of the Lesser Evil
33
Positioning the Question
47
The New Copernican Revolution
63
Who Broke Their Vow First? The Three Vows
77
Fighting Over Nothing
99
Violence through the Text
121
Religious Warfare on the Global Battlefield
169
Holy Terror
191
The Story of Abraham
217
War Tyrannicide Terrorism
231
Still Relevant Today?
255
CSER Protocol on Religion Warfare and Violence
277
Contributors
301
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Raven and Muste
139

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R. Joseph Hoffmann is the author of many books on early Christianity including Porphyry's Against the Christians. He is Campbell Professor of Religion at Wells College, New York, and chair of the Council for the Scientific Examination of Religion. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Oxford University, and the American University of Beirut.

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