From jeremiad to jihad : religion, violence, and America by John D. Carlson, Jonathan H. Ebel

By John D. Carlson, Jonathan H. Ebel

Violence has been a principal function of America’s historical past, tradition, and position on the earth. It has taken many types: from state-sponsored makes use of of strength akin to battle or legislation enforcement, to revolution, secession, terrorism and different activities with very important political and cultural implications. faith additionally holds an important position within the American event of violence, relatively in the event you have came upon order and that means of their worlds via spiritual texts, symbols, rituals, and ideas. but too usually the spiritual dimensions of violence, particularly within the American context, are overlooked or overstated—in both case, poorly understood. From Jeremiad to Jihad: faith, Violence, and America corrects those misunderstandings. Charting and studying the tendrils of faith and violence, this ebook unearths how formative moments in their intersection in American historical past have inspired the guidelines, associations, and identities linked to the USA. faith and violence supply an important but underutilized lenses for seeing the US anew—including its outlook on, and relation to, the world.

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From jeremiad to jihad : religion, violence, and America

Violence has been a important characteristic of America’s background, tradition, and position on the earth. It has taken many varieties: from state-sponsored makes use of of strength comparable to struggle or legislation enforcement, to revolution, secession, terrorism and different activities with vital political and cultural implications. faith additionally holds a vital position within the American event of violence, quite when you have discovered order and that means of their worlds via non secular texts, symbols, rituals, and ideas.

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Between the spring of 1675 and the summer of 1676 scores of New England towns were burned, their inhabitants attacked and killed. When King Philip himself was killed in August 1676, hostilities came to a rapid conclusion. Shortly thereafter New Englanders began to produce histories of the war, trying to understand what had happened and why. One of the first came from the pen of Increase Mather. Mather’s account painted a portrait of the violence unleashed on both sides: for Mather, New England had been both a recipient of God’s violence, delivered by the Wampanoags, and an agent of divinely sanctioned violence inflicted upon the natives.

Ibid. See also Charles Kimball, When Religion Becomes Evil: Five Warning Signs (New York: HarperCollins, 2002); Charles Selengut, Sacred Fury: Understanding Religious Violence, 2d ed. (2004; reprint, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008). 10. William T. Cavanaugh’s The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009) is essential reading for those interested in these issues. 11. Talal Asad, Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993).

God’s choice to use Indians as agents of violence was not arbitrary.

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