The Gods Of War Paperback
Is religion the primary cause of violent conflict?
by Meic Pearse;
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The Gods Of War
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In this provocative book, historian Meic Pearse debunks the common misconception that religion causes war. He argues that while religion is often a significant generator of armed conflict both in the past and in the present, the two principal causes of human warfare are in fact culture and greed for territory, resources or power. Since culture and greed often clothe themselves in religion, wars fought for culture often appear to be fought for religion.
With keen analysis of global history and current events, Pearse shows how irreligion has produced far bloodier wars than religion, and how global secularism itself does violence to religion and traditional cultures. Ultimately, throughout history warfare has been waged over the shape of society itself. A crisis in meaning leads people to fight for what they fear may be lost. For a world weary of war, Pearse points beyond both cultural and secular metanarratives to an alternative hope.
The Gods Of War by Meic Pearse was published by Intervarsity Press in November 2007 and is our 44662nd best seller. The ISBN for The Gods Of War is 9781844742264.
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The Gods of WarIan Gibbs, via The Good Book Stall
Meic Pearse’s answer to the question posed in the sub-title is unsurprisingly ‘No’. However many would argue against him that ‘Religion’ is a secondary cause of war, and human history appears to confirm this. Pearse claims that replacing religion with ‘secularism’ has not ‘stemmed or even eased the flow of blood in the world but rather increased it.’ (p.189) He sees early Christianity as truest to the will of Christ and ipso facto it must be non-belligerent. Culture has more to answer for than religion as a cause of war and the abandonment of truth has generated more conflict. These ideas are for Pearse crucial in the attempt to gain a balanced view in this hotly contested area
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|Page last updated||3rd December 2014|
|Author / Artist||Meic Pearse|
|Publisher||Intervarsity Press (November 2007)|
|Number of Pages||220|