An excellent study of the complex relationship between religion and violence. . . . Highly recommended. --J. R. Asher, Georgetown College"Choice" (12/01/2012)"
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Why is America, one of the world’s most religious societies, also one of the most violent? In a sophisticated, thoughtful and accessible manner, the essays in this collection provide an important examination of the complexities of American character that sees the sacred as sanctioning violence and allows violence to be sanctified.” - Mark Juergensmeyer, author of Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence
This is a stunning collection of essaysthe single most comprehensive and wide-ranging set yet prepared. With jeremiad” and jihad” as their guiding tropes, the contributors brilliantly trace the life of this rhetorical strain. This volume is ideally suited for courses in religion and history as well as anyone interested in the role of religious violence in American culture and life.” - Harry S. Stout, author of Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War