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Religious War, Terrorism, And Peace: A Response To Mark Juergensmeyer

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Religious ideas can play an important role in either legitimising or discouraging violence. Today, these ideas are applied in the context of a struggle between the perceived hegemonic powers of secularism on the one hand, and form of spiritual totalitarianism on the other. Mark Juergensmeyer in his Terror in the Mind of God has provided numerous examples of theological justifications of the use of violence from all major religious traditions. They are evidence of the way in which the religious imagination can become a source of a 'transcendent moralism' that leads to death and destruction. Yet, as he also points out, there is no inevitable link between religion and violence, as many others who have written on the subject testify. If there is no automatic connection between religion and violence, the challenge becomes to mobilise the religious potential to resolve and prevent violent conflicts.

Keywords: Mark Juergensmeyer; peace; religious war; Terror in the Mind of God; terrorism



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