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The Resource Fields of blood : religion and the history of violence, Karen Armstrong

Fields of blood : religion and the history of violence, Karen Armstrong

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Fields of blood : religion and the history of violence
Title
Fields of blood
Title remainder
religion and the history of violence
Statement of responsibility
Karen Armstrong
Title variation
Religion and the history of violence
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Countering the atheist claim that believers are by default violent fanatics and religion is the cause of all major wars, this book demonstrates that religious faith is not inherently violent. In fact, the world's major religions have throughout their history displayed ambivalent attitudes towards aggression and warfare. At times they have allied themselves with states and empires for protection or to further their influence; at others they have tried to curb state oppression and aggression and worked for peace and justice. Taking us on a journey from prehistoric times to the present, this book contrasts medieval crusaders and modern-day jihadists with the pacifism of the Buddha and Jesus' vision of a just and peaceful society; moreover, it demonstrates that the underlying reasons - social, economic, political - for war and violence in our history often had very little to do with religion. While human beings have a natural propensity for aggression, collective violence and warfare emerged at a certain point in history when the invention of agriculture created a society and a state based on the accumulation of wealth. For most of history our destructive potential could be contained but with the industrialised warfare and all-powerful state of the modern age, humanity is on the brink of destroying itself. Vast in scope, impeccably researched and passionately argued, this book is more than a corrective to the prevailing view that religion is to blame for most of the bloodshed throughout human history: it is a celebration of those religious ideas and movements that have opposed war and aggression and promoted peace and reconciliation
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UKMGB
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1944-
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Armstrong, Karen
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Religions
  • Violence
Label
Fields of blood : religion and the history of violence, Karen Armstrong
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Farmers and herdsmen 00 India: the noble path -- China: warriora and gentlemen -- The Hebrew dilemma -- Jesus: not of this world? -- Byzantium: the tragedy of empire -- The Muslim dilemma -- Crusade and Jihad -- The arrival of 'religion' -- The triumph of the secular -- Religion fights back -- Holy terror -- Global Jihad -- Afterword
Control code
15668512
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
499 pages
Isbn
9781847921864
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)884744640
  • (AuCNLKIN)000053419184
  • (OCoLC)ocn884744640
  • (Nz)15668512
Label
Fields of blood : religion and the history of violence, Karen Armstrong
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Farmers and herdsmen 00 India: the noble path -- China: warriora and gentlemen -- The Hebrew dilemma -- Jesus: not of this world? -- Byzantium: the tragedy of empire -- The Muslim dilemma -- Crusade and Jihad -- The arrival of 'religion' -- The triumph of the secular -- Religion fights back -- Holy terror -- Global Jihad -- Afterword
Control code
15668512
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
499 pages
Isbn
9781847921864
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)884744640
  • (AuCNLKIN)000053419184
  • (OCoLC)ocn884744640
  • (Nz)15668512

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