By Thomas Block
This unsettling e-book studies particular cases of “holy struggle” as proposed within the holy books of the main religion traditions, and illustrates how bellicose, war-like language is used to give an explanation for the religious quest. the writer proposes that this intermingling of warfare and spirituality prepares the inhabitants for the arriving of conflict. warfare as religious perform seems inevitable, because of this religio-violent schooling that is woven via all religion traditions. The institutional mixing of the sacred and human aggression seem to be primary to human society. the second one component of the ebook particularizes this dynamic inside of our modern, American social and political milieu. It concentrates at the political language and speeches of yank politicians due to the fact that 2002, following the run-up to the Iraq warfare and its continuation over the last decade, displaying precisely how this mystical/war conflation permeates American society. This booklet has huge capability readership, together with lecturers and lay readers excited by the fields of battle, political technological know-how, peace and clash answer, faith, spirituality and basic social historical past. scholars from West aspect to St. John’s of Annapolis will locate it not easy and informative, might be altering their belief of battle, faith and human society
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This love extends even to the implements of destruction, those same apparatus that many of us who do not understand, and look at with horror. The weapon is another Hephaistian instrument holding beauty and violence in a permanent embrace . . You can hold the gods in your hand, carry death in your purse . . 66 The weapon is a lover’s “red, red lips,” or the alabaster turn of a youthful bosom. It is the tangible proof that there is a God, and that one man or woman can make a difference and achieve mystical meaning in a mundane world.
And no wonder: in The Republic (c. ), Plato advocated a system of elite minority rule by highly educated, intellectual rulers called philosopher kings, who were allowed to exercise total control over the politics and security of a society. Isn’t it likely that Mussolini, as well as Stalin, Hitler, Mubarak, Saddam Hussein, Assad and others felt they were just such chosen leaders. Another recurring point in Plato’s Dialogues was that war should not be considered apart from justice. 108 He also said: “The state control is religion .
The tendency to identify a particular people with the chosen or elect of God is endemic in the monotheistic religions . . The combination of ‘absolute truth’ with the self-identification of a group as the chosen people . . ”42 Even many non-Abrahamic faiths believe that if their God is not believed by all, then at the very least all others are in error, while in the worst (and often more normal) case, the non-believers must be eradicated so as to “prove” that theirs is the one and true God. Wars by the faithful of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and other creeds — stories that will be told in more detail — bear this truth out.
A fatal addiction : war in the name of God by Thomas Block