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The Destructive Power of Religion: Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Ellens, J. Harold, editor

Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2007 pp. xxiv + 257. $49.95


Description: Hailed in reviews as "unsettling but thought-provoking," "compelling," and "critical coverage," the set from which these chapters were drawn has a core theme that demonstrates the three major religions share the ancient notion that history and the human soul are caught in a cosmic conflict between good and evil, or God and devil, which cannot be resolved without violence, a cataclysmic final solution such as the extermination of nations, the execution of humans, or even the death of God's own son. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote, "This is a groundbreaking work with tremendous insight."

Subjects: Methods, Theological Approaches, Ethics

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Review by Jan Willem van Henten
Published 5/31/2008
Citation: Jan Willem van Henten, review of J. Harold Ellens, ed., The Destructive Power of Religion: Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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