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From Jeremiad to Jihad: "Religion, Violence, and America"

John D. Carlson and Jonathan H. Ebel


Violence has been a central feature of America's history, culture, and place in the world. It has taken many forms: from state-sponsored uses of force such as war or law enforcement, to revolution, secession, terrorism and other actions with important political and cultural implications. Religion also holds a crucial place in the American experience of violence, particularly for those who have found order and meaning in their worlds through religious texts, symbols, rituals, and ideas. Yet too often the religious dimensions of violence, especially in the American context, are ignored or overst ... More

Keywords: violence, religion, American history, American culture, religious texts, religious symbols, religious rituals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520271654
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520271654.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John D. Carlson, editor
Arizona State University, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Jonathan H. Ebel, editor

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Introduction John Brown, Jeremiad, and Jihad

John D. Carlson and Jonathan H. Ebel

Part One Religious Origins and Tropes of American Violence

1 From King Philip’s War to September 11

Andrew R. Murphy and Elizabeth Hanson

2 A Nation Birthed in Blood

S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate

Part Two Religion and America’s “Others”

6 New Israel, New Amalek

John Corrigan

Part Three The Ethics of Violence and War

14 Enemies Near and Far

Sohail H. Hashmi

15 Varieties of “Violence”

Jean Bethke Elshtain