When Religion Becomes Lethal : The Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-04-12
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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A compelling look at today's complex relationship between religion and politicsIn his second book, bestselling author Charles Kimball addresses the urgent global problem of the interplay between fundamentalist Abrahamic religions and politics and moves beyond warning signs (the subject of his first book) to the dangerous and lethal outcomes that their interaction can produce. Drawing on his extensive personal and professional knowledge of, experience with and access to all three traditions, Kimball's explanation of the multiple ways religion and politics interconnect within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam will illuminate the problems and give readers a hopeful vision for how to chart a safer course into a precarious future. Kimball is the author of When Religion Becomes Evil, one of the most acclaimed post 9/11 books on terrorism and religion Reveals why religion so often leads to deadly results The author has scholarly knowledge and expertise and extensive personal experience with the peoples, cultures, and leaders involvedReadable and engaging, this book gives a clear picture of today's complex political and religious reality and offers hope for the future.

Author Biography

Charles Kimball, Th.D., is presidential professor and director of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. An ordained Baptist minister, he is a frequent lecturer in universities and church-related settings as well as an expert analyst on issues related to the Middle East, Islam, Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, and the intersection of religion and politics. He is the author of five books, including the bestselling When Religion Becomes Evil.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Christmas with the Ayatollah: The Volatile Mix of Religion and Politicsp. 1
God Gave Us This Land: The Roots of Religion and Politics in Judaismp. 15
Israel: Deadly Conflict in Zionp. 33
˘Render unto Caesar÷: Religion and Politics in Christianityp. 58
America: One Nation Under God?p. 75
There Is No God But God: Religion and Politics in Islamp. 96
Muslim vs. Muslim: The Struggle for the Soul of Islamp. 120
Iran and Iraq: Axis of Evil or Harbinger of Hope?p. 137
A Road to Disaster: The Fallacy of Fundamentalismp. 157
Hope for the Perilous Journey Aheadp. 178
Notesp. 193
Selected Bibliographyp. 229
The Authorp. 233
Name Indexp. 235
Subject indexp. 241
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