Holy War, Martyrdom, and Terror Paperback

Christianity, Violence, and the West

by Philippe Buc;

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Holy War, Martyrdom, and Terror

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Holy War, Martyrdom, and Terror examines the ways that Christian theology has shaped centuries of conflict from the Jewish-Roman War of late antiquity through the First Crusade, the French Revolution, and up to the Iraq War. By isolating one factor among the many forces that converge in war-the essential tenets of Christian theology-Philippe Buc locates continuities in major episodes of violence perpetrated over the course of two millennia. Even in secularized or explicitly non-Christian societies, such as the Soviet Union of the Stalinist purges, social and political projects are tied to religious violence, and religious conceptual structures have influenced the ways violence is imagined, inhibited, perceived, and perpetrated. The patterns that emerge from this sweeping history upend commonplace assumptions about historical violence, while contextualizing and explaining some of its peculiarities.
Buc addresses the culturally sanctioned logic that might lead a sane person to kill or die on principle, traces the circuitous reasoning that permits contradictory political actions, such as coercing freedom or pardoning war atrocities, and locates religious faith at the backbone of nationalist conflict. He reflects on the contemporary American ideology of war-one that wages violence in the name of abstract notions such as liberty and world peace and that he reveals to be deeply rooted in biblical notions. A work of extraordinary breadth, Holy War, Martyrdom, and Terror connects the ancient past to the troubled present, showing how religious ideals of sacrifice and purification made violence meaningful throughout history.

Holy War, Martyrdom, and Terror by Philippe Buc was published by University of Pennsylvania Press in October 2017. The ISBN for Holy War, Martyrdom, and Terror is 9780812224016.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press (October 2017)
Number of Pages454
Thickness26 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4532630
Page last updated 16th August 2018
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