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“A highly readable and well-documented account of the use and abuse of religion for violent political ends . . . This is a book well worth reading” (Timothy J. Demy, ThD, PhD, coauthor of In the Name of God).
Most Americans could not fathom how Islamic terrorists could bring down the World Trade Center or an army psychiatrist could turn on his own soldiers, taking their lives in the name of his religion. How could an ex-army veteran blow up a federal building, or a Jewish doctor gun down Muslims at worship? None of these incidents fit our conceptions of the benevolence of religion. More importantly, is there something inherent within religions that justifies the taking of human lives?
In Few Call It War, Dr. Robert Hicks explores these questions and takes the blinders off illuminating the roots of religious violence, what religious terrorists have in common, and how they differ. As Hicks points out, all major religions have used violence and terrorist methodologies at some points in their histories. Few Call It War reveals how the teachings of religious founders and the sacred writings attributed to them provide rich soil from which contemporary religious clerics and ideologues gain converts.
If one is interested in gaining an answer to the question, “Of all the religions in the world, which are most prone to using violence?” Few Call It War provides a well-reasoned answer that is well worth the read.
“A masterpiece in the study of religiously motivated terrorism. He has been fair in his critique of all religions, including movements within Judaism and even Christianity.” —Robert L. Brennemann, PhD, professor, Intercultural Studies, North Central University