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The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict
William Cavanaugh is well-known and respected for several earlier works, especially Torture and Eucharist (Wiley-Blackwell, 1998) which reflects upon the exclusion of known torturers from the RomanExpand
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The Myth of Religious Violence
In this lecture, Cavanaugh takes on the common idea that religion is more inherently prone to violence than secular ideologies and institutions. He argues that the distinction between "religious" andExpand
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“A FIRE STRONG ENOUGH TO CONSUME THE HOUSE:” THE WARS OF RELIGION AND THE RISE OF THE STATE
In September of 1993, the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago issued a declaration called "Towards a Global Ethic" meant to locate ethical values common to the world's religions. One ofExpand
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Does Religion Cause Violence
In this essay, I am going to challenge that conventional wisdom, but not in the ways it is usually challenged by people who identify themselves as religious. Such people will sometimes argue that theExpand
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Killing for the Telephone Company: Why the Nation‐State is Not the Keeper of the Common Good
Christian ethicists often assume that the state is the agency whose purpose it is to protect and promote the common good. This conclusion is based on a series of assumptions of fact: that the stateExpand
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God's Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics
essays show, the role of religion in public life is complex and contradictory, undergirding the best features of global civil society and simultaneously aimed at destroying them. They present a viewExpand
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“Killing in the Name of God”1
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Torture and Eucharist: Theology, Politics, and the Body of Christ
Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part I: Torture and Disappearance as an Ecclesiological Problem:. 1. Torture as Liturgy. 2. Torture and Fragmentation. 3. The Striptease of Power. 4. Habeas Corpus.Expand
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The Anatomy of the Myth
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