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The Resource Not in God's name : confronting religious violence, Jonathan Sacks

Not in God's name : confronting religious violence, Jonathan Sacks

Label
Not in God's name : confronting religious violence
Title
Not in God's name
Title remainder
confronting religious violence
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Sacks
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In this powerful and timely book, one of the most admired and authoritative religious leaders of our time tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God. If religion is perceived as being part of the problem, Rabbi Sacks argues, then it must also form part of the solution. When religion becomes a zero-sum conceit—that is, my religion is the only right path to God, therefore your religion is by definition wrong—and individuals are motivated by what Rabbi Sacks calls “altruistic evil,” violence between peoples of different beliefs appears to be the only natural outcome. But through an exploration of the roots of violence and its relationship to religion, and employing groundbreaking biblical analysis and interpretation, Rabbi Sacks shows that religiously inspired violence has as its source misreadings of biblical texts at the heart of all three Abrahamic faiths. By looking anew at the book of Genesis, with its foundational stories of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Rabbi Sacks offers a radical rereading of many of the Bible’s seminal stories of sibling rivalry: Cain and Abel, Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, Rachel and Leah. “Abraham himself,” writes Rabbi Sacks, “sought to be a blessing to others regardless of their faith. That idea, ignored for many of the intervening centuries, remains the simplest definition of Abrahamic faith. It is not our task to conquer or convert the world or enforce uniformity of belief. It is our task to be a blessing to the world. The use of religion for political ends is not righteousness but idolatry . . . To invoke God to justify violence against the innocent is not an act of sanctity but of sacrilege.” Here is an eloquent call for people of goodwill from all faiths and none to stand together, confront the religious extremism that threatens to destroy us, and declare: Not in God’s Name
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
201/.76332
Index
no index present
LC call number
BL65.V55
LC item number
S24 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Not in God's name : confronting religious violence, Jonathan Sacks
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Acknowledgments -- I: Bad Faith -- 1. Altruistic Evil -- 2. Violence and Identity -- 3. Dualism -- 4. The Scapegoat -- 5. Sibling Rivalry -- II: Siblings -- 6. The Half-Brothers-- 7. Wrestling with the Angel -- 8. Role Reversal -- 9. The Rejection of Rejection -- III. The Open Heart -- 10. The STranger -- 11. The University of Justice, the Particularity of Love -- 12. Hard Texts -- 13. Relinquishing Power -- 14. Letting Go of Hate -- 15. The Will to Power or the Will to Life -- Notes -- Bibliography
Control code
sky274746795
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
ix, 305 pages
Isbn
9780805243345
Lccn
2015016809
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Note
mv 10/15
System control number
(OCoLC)900179934
Label
Not in God's name : confronting religious violence, Jonathan Sacks
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Acknowledgments -- I: Bad Faith -- 1. Altruistic Evil -- 2. Violence and Identity -- 3. Dualism -- 4. The Scapegoat -- 5. Sibling Rivalry -- II: Siblings -- 6. The Half-Brothers-- 7. Wrestling with the Angel -- 8. Role Reversal -- 9. The Rejection of Rejection -- III. The Open Heart -- 10. The STranger -- 11. The University of Justice, the Particularity of Love -- 12. Hard Texts -- 13. Relinquishing Power -- 14. Letting Go of Hate -- 15. The Will to Power or the Will to Life -- Notes -- Bibliography
Control code
sky274746795
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
ix, 305 pages
Isbn
9780805243345
Lccn
2015016809
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Note
mv 10/15
System control number
(OCoLC)900179934

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