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The myth of religious violence : secular ideology and the roots of modern conflict

Author: William T Cavanaugh
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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The author argues against the belief that religion is universal to all human cultures and eras, discussing how Western cultures distinguish a difference between what is secular and what is religion, and examining how the West uses the idea of religious violence as a justification for peacekeeping, whereas religious violence from other social orders is often considered fanatical.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William T Cavanaugh
ISBN: 9780195385045 0195385047
OCLC Number: 291193664
Description: viii, 285 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The anatomy of the myth --
The invention of religion --
The creation myth of the wars of religion --
The uses of the myth.
Responsibility: William T. Cavanaugh.
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The author argues against the belief that religion is universal to all human cultures and eras, discussing how Western cultures distinguish a difference between what is secular and what is religion, and examining how the West uses the idea of religious violence as a justification for peacekeeping, whereas religious violence from other social orders is often considered fanatical.

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William Cavanaugh is a radical theologian who engages in subtle cultural analysis. David Martin, Times Literary Supplement Transforming the widely accepted narrative of religious violence will not be Read more...

 
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