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By Thomas Block

This unsettling booklet experiences particular situations of 'holy battle' as proposed within the holy books of the most important religion traditions, and illustrates how bellicose, war-like language is used to provide an explanation for the religious quest. the writer proposes that this intermingling of battle and spirituality prepares the inhabitants for the arrival of battle. battle as non secular 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 moment part of the publication particularizes this dynamic inside of our modern, American social and political milieu. It concentrates at the political language and speeches of yank politicians considering the fact that 2002, following the run-up to the Iraq struggle and its continuation during the last decade, displaying precisely how this mystical/war conflation permeates American society.

This ebook has huge strength readership, together with lecturers and lay readers eager about the fields of battle, political technological know-how, peace and clash solution, faith, spirituality and common social history.

Students from West aspect to St. John's of Annapolis will locate it hard and informative, might be altering their perception of conflict, faith and human society.

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58 And American General George Patton (d. 1945) concurred, from firsthand experience: Despite the impossibility of physically detecting the soul, its existence is proven by its tangible reflection in acts and thoughts. 59 To marry pain with the beautiful — beauty which represents the highest possibility of universal order, a point toward which all is directed but where none can ever truly arrive — brings the universal and the particular together in the most meaningful manner. It is here in this 21 A Fatal Addiction: War in the Name of God union that war most deeply affects the human character and mimics the highest possibility of both humanity and the divine.

Diodorus also situates human sacrificial rites within the Egyptian (c. ), Celtic (c. ) and Messenian Greek (c. 89 Ritual slaughter of the most powerful member of a society was systematized in the Babylonian creation myth. Babylonian Religion: Creation from Destruction In the beginning, Apsu and Tiamat (the sweet and saltwater oceans) bear Mammu (the mist). 90 One of the first creation myths, the first stories attempting to understand the world and our place within it, comes from the Babylonians (c.

33 God is imagined in many religions as sanctioning violence and oftentimes as committing it Himself. And while I will give detailed and specific examples of pathologically violent language and action of God later in this study, it is necessary now to fix in the mind of the reader that it is not abnormal, and is sometimes even traditional, to place violence at the center of religious experience. A passage from Mark Juergensmeyer’s (Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara) Terror in the Mind of God will suffice at this point to verify the military sheen that can affect the spiritual quest, as represented in many religions: Virtually all cultural traditions have contained martial metaphors.

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