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Fighting Words: Religion, Violence, and the Interpretation of Sacred Texts

John Renard


One of the critical issues in interreligious relations today is the connection, both actual and perceived, between sacred texts and the justification of violent acts as divinely mandated. Unfortunately, the connection has been relatively little studied in a way that makes solid text-based scholarship accessible to the general public. This volume begins 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, sadly, sensationalized association of terrorism and other forms of large-scale vio ... More

Keywords: exegesis, violence, scripture, war, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Baha’i, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520258310
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520258310.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Renard, editor

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