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The gods of war : is religion the primary cause of violent conflict?

Author: Meic Pearse
Publisher: Downers Grove, Ill. : IVP Books ; Nottingham, Eng. : Inter-Varsity Press, 2007.
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Overview: It is often claimed that religion is responsible for more wars, more global conflicts and more deaths than any other factor. Alas, the picture is not quite so simple. Indeed, writes Meic Pearse, "there is only one thing that bears a heavier responsibility than religion as a principal cause of war. And that is, of course, irreligion." In this provocative book, historian Meic Pearse debunks the common  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Meic Pearse
ISBN: 9780830834907 0830834907
OCLC Number: 152559978
Description: 231 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The bloodiest century of all --
In the long run : religion as a cause of war --
Islam and the abode of war --
Where religion plays an ambiguous role --
Tribal gods I : the phenomenon of religious-national myths and the cases of Serbia and Russia --
Tribal gods II : the religious-national myth of England and collective self-worship --
So what causes war? --
Even Marx was right sometimes --
The Lord mighty in battle --
and the Prince of Peace --
Can a Christian fight? --
The relentless war against faith and meaning.
Responsibility: Meic Pearse.
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Overview: It is often claimed that religion is responsible for more wars, more global conflicts and more deaths than any other factor. Alas, the picture is not quite so simple. Indeed, writes Meic Pearse, "there is only one thing that bears a heavier responsibility than religion as a principal cause of war. And that is, of course, irreligion." In this provocative book, historian Meic Pearse debunks the common misconception that religion causes war. He argues that while religion has often been a significant generator of armed conflict both in the past and in the present, the two principal causes of human warfare are in fact culture and greed for territory, resources or power. With keen analysis of global history and current events, Pearse shows how irreligion has produced far bloodier wars than religion and how global secularism itself does violence to religion and traditional cultures.

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