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The Resource Not in God's name : confronting religious violence, Jonathan Sacks

Not in God's name : confronting religious violence, Jonathan Sacks

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Not in God's name : confronting religious violence
Title
Not in God's name
Title remainder
confronting religious violence
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Sacks
Title variation
Not in Gods name
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confronting religious violence
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Language
eng
Summary
In this groundbreaking work of biblical analysis and interpretation, one of the most admired religious leaders of our time shows that religiously inspired violence has as its source misreadings of the texts of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Koran. When religion becomes a zero-sum conceit--i.e., my religion is the only "right" path to God, therefore your religion is by definition "wrong"--Violence between peoples of different beliefs is the only natural outcome, argues Rabbi Sacks. But by looking anew at seminal biblical texts in the Book of Genesis--in which we find the foundational stories of all three Abrahamic faiths--Rabbi Sacks offers an entirely different understanding of God's multiple relationships: with Jacob, patriarch of Judaism; with Ishmael, patriarch of Islam; and with Esau, whose blessing is understood to confirm God's relationship with monotheists from other faiths and overarching relationship with all of humanity. By analyzing the texts that recount how Abraham's immediate descendants resolved their various sibling rivalries, Rabbi Sacks teaches us a powerful lesson in the existence of multiple pathways to God. "We are not all the same," he declares. "There is no one faith that encompasses the plenary truth of human wisdom ... The belief that one faith--ours--holds the key to salvation deserves to be challenged, not just because it has led to so much persecution and bloodshed in the name of God, but because it attempts to confine God to one religion, one way, one image of mankind. God cannot be so confined and remain the God of transcendence, the God-without-an-image who systematically defies our attempts to capture Him in categories of human understanding ... Making space for that which is other than myself is not a doctrine of religious relativism. It is, rather, the humility that says there are things I will not, cannot, understand and that I must leave to God." Rabbi Sacks's bold statement of our need to look with new eyes at specific scriptural passages from within each of the Abrahamic monotheisms--passages that, when interpreted literally, can lead to hatred, violence, and war--is an eloquent, clarion call for people of goodwill from all faiths to join together to end the misunderstandings that threaten to destroy us all
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10450843
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DLC
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1948-2020
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Sacks, Jonathan
Dewey number
201/.76332
Index
no index present
LC call number
BL65.V55
LC item number
S24 2015
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Violence
  • Abrahamic religions
  • Abrahamic religions
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confronting religious violence
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Not in God's name : confronting religious violence, Jonathan Sacks
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-305)
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Contents
I. Bad faith -- 1. Altruistic evil -- 2. Violence and identity -- 3. Dualism -- 4. The scapegoat -- 5. Sibling rivalry -- II: Siblings -- 6. The half-brothers -- 7. Wrestling with the angel -- 8. Role reversal -- 9. The rejection of rejection -- III: The open heart -- 10. The stranger -- 11. The universality of justice, the particularity of love -- 12. Hard texts -- 13. Relinquishing power -- 14. Letting go of hate -- 15. The will to power or the will to life
Control code
ocn900179934
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
ix, 305 pages
Isbn
9780805243345
Lccn
2015016809
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)900179934
Label
Not in God's name : confronting religious violence, Jonathan Sacks
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-305)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. Bad faith -- 1. Altruistic evil -- 2. Violence and identity -- 3. Dualism -- 4. The scapegoat -- 5. Sibling rivalry -- II: Siblings -- 6. The half-brothers -- 7. Wrestling with the angel -- 8. Role reversal -- 9. The rejection of rejection -- III: The open heart -- 10. The stranger -- 11. The universality of justice, the particularity of love -- 12. Hard texts -- 13. Relinquishing power -- 14. Letting go of hate -- 15. The will to power or the will to life
Control code
ocn900179934
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
ix, 305 pages
Isbn
9780805243345
Lccn
2015016809
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)900179934

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