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Goes a long way toward helping us understand the nature of violence generally, its complicated connections with religion, and how society in the future might avoid being blindsided by the worst aspects of human nature.
Table of Contents
|Understanding Violence||p. 11|
|What Is Violence?||p. 12|
|What Makes Violence Possible-and Likely?||p. 16|
|A Model of Expanding Violence||p. 18|
|Conclusion: Hurting without Feeling Bad-or Feeling Anything at All||p. 43|
|Understanding Religion||p. 45|
|What Is Religion?||p. 46|
|Populating the Religious Domain: Beings, Forces, and "Types" of Religion||p. 52|
|"Local" versus "World" Religions||p. 65|
|The Functions of Religion: Explanation, Control, and Legitimation||p. 69|
|Conclusion: Society, Supernatural Agents, and Violence||p. 76|
|What Is Sacrifice?||p. 82|
|The Diversity of Sacrifice||p. 85|
|Theories of Sacrifice: Girard and Burkert||p. 105|
|Toward a Better Understanding of Sacrifice||p. 108|
|Religious Self-Mortification: A Cry of Pain to the Spirits||p. 120|
|Asceticism: Religious Athletes||p. 133|
|Pain, but What Gain?||p. 143|
|Martyrdom: Death on Principle||p. 149|
|The Selfish Selflessness of Martyrs and Other Self-Mortifiers||p. 158|
|What Is Persecution?||p. 162|
|Religious Persecution in the Ancient/Non-Christian World||p. 168|
|Early Persecution of Christians||p. 170|
|Early Persecution by Christians||p. 173|
|Persecution in Islam||p. 184|
|The Persecution of Witches||p. 188|
|Persecution of Religion by Antireligion||p. 191|
|Persecution by the American Religious Right||p. 197|
|The Virtues of Persecuting-and Being Persecuted||p. 201|
|Ethnoreligious Conflict||p. 207|
|Ethnicity, Culture, Religion, and Conflict||p. 208|
|Ethnoreligious Conflict in the Modern World||p. 215|
|Why Ethnoreligious Conflict Now?||p. 238|
|The Religion and the War in "Religious War"||p. 242|
|Religious War among the Ancient Hebrews||p. 252|
|"Holy War" in Christianity: The Crusades||p. 256|
|"Holy War" in Christianity: The European Religious Wars||p. 260|
|The Taiping "Rebellion" in China||p. 263|
|Islam and Jihad||p. 267|
|War in Hinduism||p. 275|
|"Fighting Orders": Saintly Soldiers||p. 279|
|The Mythology of War||p. 283|
|Homicide and Abuse||p. 291|
|When Is Religious Crime "Religious" and "Crime"?||p. 292|
|Religious Homicide||p. 297|
|Religious Abuse: Women and Spouses||p. 311|
|Religious Abuse of Children||p. 319|
|But Religion Is Supposed to Make People "Good" and "Moral"||p. 327|
|Religion and Nonviolence||p. 331|
|What Is Nonviolence?||p. 333|
|Religions of Nonviolence||p. 342|
|The Religious Contribution to Nonviolence||p. 360|
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