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Does An Exclusive Veneration Of God Necessarily Have To Be Violent? Israel’s Stony Way To Monotheism And Some Theological Consequences

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The bomb attacks on the public transportation system in Madrid and London have demonstrated that those in Europe are also directly involved in this new kind of religiously-induced cruelty. Therefore in this chapter the author asks a self-critical question: does our exclusive monotheistic belief, which we inherited from Ancient Israel , have to be violent? According to Assmann it makes no difference whether those massacres really happened or not. It is the "semantic of violence" in the biblical texts that is to be seen as dangerous and often having a bad effect in the history of the Christian church. The author accepts Assmann's provocation and he questions whether Israel's monotheistic belief has necessarily violent consequences and how we could handle its dangerous potential in a theologically responsible way.

Keywords: Assmann; London; Madrid; monotheism

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