The Destructive Power of Religion: Religion, psychology, and violence

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J. Harold Ellens
Praeger, 2004 - Violence - 315 pages
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This extensive series explores themes including the seeds of violence in Biblical interpretation, human sacrifice in the Old Testament, violent religious metaphors, the violent messiah, linguistic and psychoanalytic approaches to religious themes, the jihad in context and in the Qur'an, fundamentalism and violence, and the psychoreligious roots of violence.

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User Review  - Anne Holly - Goodreads

Useful collection of essays on violence in Judaism and Christianity (and some on Islam, though not as much on the Quran as the Hebrew and Christian scriptures). I found the ideas involving metaphors and paradigms the most useful. The articles by Collins and Ellens are highlights. Read full review


The Interface of Religion
The Dynamics of Prejudice
Revenge and Religion

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J. Harold Ellens, PhD, is research scholar, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan; executive director emeritus of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies; founding editor and editor in chief emeritus of the "Journal of Psychology and Christianity", and professor of philosophy and religion (ret).

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