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Against HumanityLessons from the Lord's Resistance Army$
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Sam Dubal

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520296091

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520296091.001.0001

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Beyond Reason

Beyond Reason

Magic and Science in the LRA

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Against Humanity

Sam Dubal

University of California Press

This chapter argues that the LRA transcended the question of rationality by binding together both science and magic in their rebellion. Moving past debates that either condemn LRA beliefs and actions as irrational (and therefore inhuman) or attempt to explain them as rational (and therefore human), this chapter takes LRA beliefs and actions in their singularity in ways that expose the limits of “rationality” and “humanity.” Releasing “rationality” and “humanity” helps better conceptualize how the LRA held at once military and spiritual tactics; magical-prophetic and modern-scientific time; Christian and traditional Acholi religious practices; and spiritual and political reasons for fighting. By holding together logic and faith in this way, they transcended the category of “rationality,” undergirding many concepts of “humanity.”

Keywords:   rationality, science, magic, reason, spirituality, humanity, Lord’s Resistance Army

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