By Thomas Block
This unsettling booklet stories particular cases of “holy battle” as proposed within the holy books of the main religion traditions, and illustrates how bellicose, war-like language is used to provide an explanation for the religious quest. the writer proposes that this intermingling of struggle and spirituality prepares the inhabitants for the arriving of struggle. conflict as religious perform seems to be inevitable, because of this religio-violent schooling that's woven via all religion traditions. The institutional mixing of the sacred and human aggression seem to be basic to human society. the second one part of the publication particularizes this dynamic inside of our modern, American social and political milieu. It concentrates at the political language and speeches of yank politicians because 2002, following the run-up to the Iraq conflict and its continuation during the last decade, exhibiting precisely how this mystical/war conflation permeates American society. This e-book has huge capability readership, together with teachers and lay readers occupied with the fields of battle, political technology, peace and clash solution, faith, spirituality and common social historical past. scholars from West element to St. John’s of Annapolis will locate it hard and informative, might be altering their notion of struggle, faith and human society
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The purpose of my book is not to exhaust the subject, but to introduce it into the public square and political conversation, so that we might reconsider war, spirituality, religion and nationhood — and perhaps to begin the difficult task of untangling these human institutions from one another. 41 A Fatal Addiction: War in the Name of God The Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) are centered in the stories, prophets and monotheistic deity of the Torah (the Jewish Bible). With its succession of violent stories, this book has helped spawn the European millennia of wars, Islam’s dar al harb (world at war), the Crusades, the Inquisition, World Wars I and II, the Holocaust, the creation and utilization of the nuclear bomb, jihad, the perfection of the suicide bomber, pilotless bomb attacks by “drone” aircraft, terrorist plane attacks, religiously-based oppression, biblically-infused murder and various other manners of destroying human souls in spiritually sanctioned combat.
The Stone Age (c. 85 Higher civilizations have been grafted onto this initial impetus. The founding text of the Abrahamic religions — the Torah — certainly has more in common with the original, sacrificial and violent impulses of the earliest humans than with any New Age dream of one world and one mind. We have built God, religion and society onto an original “sacred-violence” foundation. We have not evaded or superseded it. 86 Sacrifice As Bruce Chilton (Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion at Bard College) noted in Abraham’s Curse, before war, even, the violence of God was satisfied through human sacrifice.
However, the issue tips when we look at just how war accesses this ultimate meaning — it does so by bypassing the rational thought process and accessing the animal aspects of the human psyche. Where war bleeds irrevocably into the lower strata of human nature is represented in the statement that war “obliterates self awareness and especially self-criticism” (Christopher Hedges, above). Self-critical thought is the only thing that truly separates us from animals — without it, we are little more than dexterous rats, killing machines with ever more efficient tools of destruction.
A fatal addiction : war in the name of God by Thomas Block