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Christianity, the other, and the Holocaust

Author: Michael R Steele
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003.
Series: Contributions to the study of religion, no. 70.; Contributions to the study of religion., Christianity and the Holocaust--core issues.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Argues that the Holocaust was not the result of a failure of Christian civilization, as some writers claim, but its continuation. Using culture studies as a framework for analysis, investigates the ways in which Christianity created cultural conditions based on a theology of violence, and the use of sacred violence, to foster behaviors that would lead to the involvement of millions of perpetrators and bystanders  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael R Steele
ISBN: 0313306451 9780313306457
OCLC Number: 49775424
Description: xiv, 184 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Culture Studies, Christianity, and the Holocaust --
2. Christianity as Rome's Chosen Religion --
3. The Crusades --
4. The Inquisition --
5. Contact with Indigenous Peoples --
6. Slavery --
7. The Holocaust.
Series Title: Contributions to the study of religion, no. 70.; Contributions to the study of religion., Christianity and the Holocaust--core issues.
Responsibility: Michael R. Steele.

Abstract:

Argues that the Holocaust was not the result of a failure of Christian civilization, as some writers claim, but its continuation. Using culture studies as a framework for analysis, investigates the ways in which Christianity created cultural conditions based on a theology of violence, and the use of sacred violence, to foster behaviors that would lead to the involvement of millions of perpetrators and bystanders during the many instances of extreme violence over the centuries, in an attempt to achieve cultural uniformity. The Holocaust was a late but logical development in a long series of violent responses by Christianity to the Other - to one who stands outside the Christian world geographically, by religious tradition, or racially. Although the Holocaust was not a Christian event, it was sanctioned and conditioned by other events in Christian history. Calls for a reevaluation of the cultural practices and values that developed within Christianity over time which contributed to the emergence of the Holocaust.

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