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The Myth of Religious Violence
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The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict

William T. Cavanaugh

Abstract

The myth of religious violence is the pervasive secularist idea that there is something called “religion,” endemic to all human cultures and eras, that has a tendency to promote violence because it is essentially prone to absolutism, divisiveness, and irrationality. Religion must therefore be separated from “secular” phenomena like politics for the sake of peace. This book argues that the myth of religious violence is a piece of Western folklore that underwrites Western violence. The book shows that religion is not a universal and transhistorical phenomenon. Religious-secular and religion-poli ... More

Keywords: religion, violence, secularist, religious violence, Iraq War, Muslim social order

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195385045
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385045.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William T. Cavanaugh, author
Univesrity of St. Thomas
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