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Not in God's Name

Confronting Religious Violence

by Jonathan Sacks

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks boldly stands up to religious violence - an impassioned manifesto for religious peacemaking.

  • A valuable book for understanding the world today

  • Jonathan Sacks explores the roots of religious violence and hot to respond

  • You'll gain an insight into the ways religious violence is a departure from faith

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    Jonathan Sacks

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    Hodder & Stoughton

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    May 2016

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How is it that some of the worst atrocities committed over the past decades are done in the name of a powerful and compassionate God?

Well, they aren't.

That is what former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks confronts in his new book. The very idea that today's ever pervasive religious violence is done in God's name is a huge misreading of the texts that violence is perpetuated in.

Through insightful and in-depth readings of the key Biblical texts that form the very foundation of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Sacks shows that, in his own words, "It is our task to be a blessing to the world", and not a curse.

"Abraham himself, sought to be a blessing to others regardless of their faith. That idea, ignored for many of the intervening centuries, remains the simplest definition of Abrahamic faith. It is not our task to conquer or convert the world or enforce uniformity of belief."

Timely in its confrontation, Sacks' view religion is not one towards Political ends. Which he classifies as being idolatry, but one of goodwill towards man and a blessing to all peoples.

Eloquent and in-depth, Sack's shows that, regardless of what messages the bringers of hate claim their actions to be under, any form of religious violence is most definitely Not In God's Name.


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 Live



Despite predictions of continuing secularisation, the twenty-first century has witnessed a surge of religious extremism and violence in the name of God. In this powerful and timely book, Jonathan Sacks explores the roots of violence and its relationship to religion, focusing on the historic tensions between the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Drawing on arguments from evolutionary psychology, game theory, history, philosophy, ethics and theology, Sacks shows how a tendency to violence can subvert even the most compassionate of religions. Through a close reading of key biblical texts at the heart of the Abrahamic faiths, Sacks then challenges those who claim that religion is intrinsically a cause of violence, and argues that theology must become part of the solution if it is not to remain at the heart of the problem.

This book is a rebuke to all those who kill in the name of the God of life, wage war in the name of the God of peace, hate in the name of the God of love, and practise cruelty in the name of the God of compassion.

For the sake of humanity and the free world, the time has come for people of all faiths and none to stand together and declare: Not In God's Name.


  • Author

    Jonathan Sacks

  • Book Format


  • Publisher

    Hodder & Stoughton

  • Published

    May 2016

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  • Dimensions

    131 x 198 x 23 mm

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  • Author/Creator: Jonathan Sacks

  • ISBN: 9781473616530

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

  • Release Date: May 2016

  • Weight: 224g

  • Dimensions: 131 x 198 x 23 mm

  • Eden Code: 4373828

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