Validating Violence Violating Faith?
In this book scholars from Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions explore violence in religious scriptures. In twelve chapters, they grapple with the problem of how to deal with the phenomenon of violence when it appears within the scriptures and traditions of particular religious faiths. The writers identify the violent language, imagery, story and ideology which reside deep within these texts. Some chapters offer detailed exegetical examination of key passages, whilst other chapters offer theological explorations of the issue. The volume ends with a conclusion which offers some general observations on the hermeneutical strategies employed in dealing with these texts. “This important collection of essays deals deftly with the issue of religiously inspired political violence and the complicity of the churches and the foundational texts of Christianity in self-serving rationalisations of death and destruction. The distinguished panel of contributors provide a wealth of insights from a range of perspectives that deserve close attention and prayerful consideration. In a world threatened by those who prefer coercion over persuasion, this book offers many new ways of depicting human conflict and fresh hope for its resolution without bloodshed.” Tom Frame Anglican Bishop to the Australian Defence Force (2001-2007) “What a timely theme! Extremists from several religions have gained lots of publicity in recent years, particularly those who have resorted to dreadful violence and others who are threatening to do so. This publication is to be highly commended for its honesty in acknowledging the violence in the scriptures of more than one faith, for the perspectives it brings from more than one faith, and for the way in which it also honours the fine religious traditions of nonviolence and peace-making. I trust it sells well and is studied carefully.” Gregor Henderson President, Uniting Church in Australia “This book makes a significant contribution towards world peace.” Mehmet Saral President, Affinity Intercultural Foundation
William Emilsen is a Senior Academic Associate in the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University, on the Parramatta Campus (United Theological College). He has written on Mahatma Gandhi and on the history of the Uniting Church and edits the journal Uniting Church Studies.
John Squires is a Senior Academic Associate in the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University, on the Parramatta Campus (United Theological College). He has written on Luke-Acts and is a contributor to The Cambridge Companion to the Gospels, Cambridge University Press, 2006
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