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The Genealogy of ViolenceReflections on Creation, Freedom, and Evil$
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Charles K. Bellinger

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134988

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195134982.001.0001

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The Problem of Christian Violence

The Problem of Christian Violence

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The Genealogy of Violence

Charles K. Bellinger (Contributor Webpage)

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If it is the case that the best approach to understanding violence arises out of the Bible, as Kierkegaard and Girard demonstrate, why is it that Christians have been so violent during their history? This chapter offers a brief summary of violent events in the history of Christianity, such as the Crusades and the Inquisition. The ways in which Kierkegaard and Girard enable us to understand these events is outlined. It is argued that both authors are in tune with the Anabaptist approach to interpreting the history of Christianity and ”reintroducing Christianity into Christendom.”

Keywords:   Crusades, Inquisition, Persecution of Anabaptists, Sacrificial Christianity, Violence by Christians

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