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A God of one's own : religion's capacity for peace and potential for violence

Author: Ulrich Beck; Rodney Livingstone
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity, ©2010.
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Religion posits one characteristic as an absolute: faith. Compared to faith, all other social distinctions and sources of conflict are insignificant. The New Testament says: 'We are all equal in the sight of God'. To be sure, this equality applies only to those who acknowledge God's existence. What this means is that alongside the abolition of class and nation within the community of believers, religion introduces a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ulrich Beck; Rodney Livingstone
ISBN: 9780745646183 0745646182 9780745646190 0745646190
OCLC Number: 619593639
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Notes: Originally published in German as: Der eigene Gott : Von der Friedensfähigkeit und dem Gewaltpotential der Religionen. Frankfurt am Main : Verlag der Weltreligionen, 2008.
Description: x, 231 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The diary of a 'God of one's own': Etty Hillesum: an unsociological introduction --
The return of the gods and the crisis of European modernity: a sociological introduction --
Tolerance and violence: the two faces of the religions --
Heresy or the invention of a 'god of one's own' --
The irony of unintended consequences: how to civilize global religious conflicts: five models --
Peace instead of truth? The futures of the religions in the world risk society.
Other Titles: Eigene Gott.
Responsibility: Ulrich Beck ; translated by Rodney Livingstone.

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