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By Thomas Block

This unsettling booklet stories particular cases of “holy warfare” as proposed within the holy books of the most important religion traditions, and illustrates how bellicose, war-like language is used to provide an explanation for the religious quest. the writer proposes that this intermingling of warfare and spirituality prepares the inhabitants for the arriving of warfare. battle as non secular perform appears to be like inevitable, because of this religio-violent schooling that is woven via all religion traditions. The institutional mixing of the sacred and human aggression seem to be primary to human society. the second one portion of the booklet particularizes this dynamic inside of our modern, American social and political milieu. It concentrates at the political language and speeches of yank politicians due to the fact 2002, following the run-up to the Iraq conflict and its continuation over the last decade, displaying precisely how this mystical/war conflation permeates American society. This e-book has huge strength readership, together with teachers and lay readers focused on the fields of warfare, political technological know-how, peace and clash solution, faith, spirituality and basic social heritage. scholars from West element to St. John’s of Annapolis will locate it not easy and informative, possibly altering their belief of struggle, faith and human society

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Religion, after all, is about reaching into the soul to stir a consciousness beyond the limits of language and the mundane. And images of death have always been at the heart of religion’s power to do just this. 37 The sacred consists of all those forces whose dominance over man increases or seems to increase in proportion to man’s effort to master them. Tempests, forest fires, plagues, among other natural phenomena, may be classified as sacred. 38 Violence stipples the sacred texts of all religions.

The love of war tells of a love of the gods . . 67 The fusion between war and the human yearning for immanence is complete. War is mysticism. ”68 War mimics the mystic’s path, while replacing the mystic’s goal of Divine union with the basest of actions: institutionalized slaughter. Mysticism, generally defined, is the personal search for a meaning beyond the particular, an individual experience of the Divine oneness. Within religious traditions, this search takes place in the quietude of meditation, prayer and healing action.

The love of war tells of a love of the gods . . 67 The fusion between war and the human yearning for immanence is complete. War is mysticism. ”68 War mimics the mystic’s path, while replacing the mystic’s goal of Divine union with the basest of actions: institutionalized slaughter. Mysticism, generally defined, is the personal search for a meaning beyond the particular, an individual experience of the Divine oneness. Within religious traditions, this search takes place in the quietude of meditation, prayer and healing action.

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