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Description - Fighting Words by John Renard

One of the critical issues in interreligious relations today is the connection, both actual and perceived, between sacred sources and the justification of violent acts as divinely mandated. Fighting Words makes solid text-based scholarship accessible to the general public, beginning with the premise that a balanced approach to religious pluralism in our world must build on a measured, well-informed response to the increasingly publicized and sensationalized association of terrorism and large-scale violence with religion.

In his introduction, Renard provides background on the major scriptures of seven religious traditions?Jewish, Christian (including both the Old and New Testaments), Islamic, Baha'i, Zoroastrian, Hindu, and Sikh. Eight chapters then explore the interpretation of select facets of these scriptures, focusing on those texts so often claimed, both historically and more recently, as inspiration and justification for every kind of violence, from individual assassination to mass murder. With its nuanced consideration of a complex topic, this book is not merely about the religious sanctioning of violence but also about diverse ways of reading sacred textual sources.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520274198
ISBN-10: 0520274199
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 262
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 4-Jan-2013
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John Renard

John Renard is Professor of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. He is the author of many books, most recently Tales of God's Friends: Islamic Hagiography in Translation (UC Press).

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