By Jonneke Bekkenkamp, Yvonne Sherwood (eds.)

Sanctified Aggression allies itself neither with the straightforward assumption that religions are by way of definition violent (and that purely the secular/humanist/humane can provide a spot of shelter from the ravages of spiritual authority) nor with the both facile opposing view that faith expresses the 'best' of human aspiration and that this most sensible is usually able to diffusing or sublating the worst. relatively, it really works from the basis that biblical, Jewish and Christian vocabularies proceed to resonate, encourage and misfire. many of the essays discover how those vocabularies and emblems have stimulated, or resonate with, occasions similar to the bloodbath of Jews in Jedwabne, Poland (1941), the Rwandan bloodbath (1994), the tragedy at Columbine highschool (1999) and the emergence of the 'Phineas Priesthood' of white supremacists in North the United States. different individuals research how issues of martyrology, sacrifice and the messianic proceed to stream and mutate in literature, song, drama and movie. The collective end is that it isn't attainable to manage biblical and spiritual violence by means of easily deciding upon canonical trouble-spots, then fencing them off with barbed twine or preserving peace summits a

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