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Fighting Words: Religion, Violence, and the Interpretation by John Renard

By John Renard

One of the serious concerns in interreligious family this day is the relationship, either genuine and perceived, among sacred assets and the justification of violent acts as divinely mandated. Fighting Words makes strong text-based scholarship obtainable to most people, starting with the idea balanced method of spiritual pluralism in our international needs to construct on a measured, well-informed reaction to the more and more publicized and sensationalized organization of terrorism and large-scale violence with religion.

In his advent, Renard presents historical past at the significant scriptures of 7 spiritual traditions—Jewish, Christian (including either the outdated and New Testaments), Islamic, Baha’i, Zoroastrian, Hindu, and Sikh. 8 chapters then discover the translation of pick out elements of those scriptures, concentrating on these texts so frequently claimed, either traditionally and extra lately, as suggestion and justification for each type of violence, from person assassination to mass homicide. With its nuanced attention of a posh subject, this booklet isn't really basically concerning the non secular sanctioning of violence but additionally approximately varied methods of examining sacred textual sources.

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Firestone shows how Rabbinic Judaism made use of this technique in understanding its own relation to violence in the wake of his­ torical events by making the legal requirements of war nearly impossible to fulfill. He shows, in addition, how that legal understanding was overturned during the founding of modern Israel as a nation-state. Material in this volume’s chapter on Islam also resonates with the question of whether a reference to “the Jew” is to be identified as a specific person or a collective.

4 (2003): 407–415. Further on Zoroastrian scriptures, see Jamsheed Choksy, “Zoroastrianism,” in Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd ed. (New York: Macmillan, 2005), 14:9988–10008; Mary Boyce, Zoroastrians: their Religious Beliefs and Practices (New York: Routledge, 2001) and Textual Sources for the Study of Zoroastrianism (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990). , Hindu Scriptures (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996). , Irina Gajjar, The Gita: A New Translation of Hindu Sacred Scripture (Edinburg, VA: Axios, 2007).

As Jerusalem was making its last stand against Rome, this rabbi negotiated with General Vespasian for permission to build an academy in the Judean town of Yavneh (Jamnia). At the end of the day, it was not the zealots, but Yochanan Ben Zakkai and his students who survived the destruction and reestablished Jewish life in the Land of Israel, guaranteeing its survival there and elsewhere, even if as a depressed people and under the dictatorial rule of Rome. Yochanan Ben Zakkai’s strategy, as constructed by Rabbinic tradition, held that if political and military efforts endangered the survival of the people and its religious system, they must be abandoned.

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