Not in God's Name

Not in God's Name

Confronting Religious Violence

Book - 2015
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"In this powerful and timely book, one of the most admired and authoritative religious leaders of our time tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God,"
Publisher: New York : Schocken Books, [2015]
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780805243345
Characteristics: ix, 305 pages ; 25 cm


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Feb 16, 2016

A profound work. I cannot recommend it more highly. I found the second part, "Siblings," especially valuable. In it Sacks leads the reader through a careful reading of the four stories of sibling rivalry in the book of Genesis: Cain and Abel, Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau, and Joseph and his brothers. He shows the deep relevance of these stories for overcoming conflict today. -- Important in this regard is the opening statement to the chapter, "Hard Texts": "Never say I hate, I kill, because my religion says so. Every text needs interpretation. Every interpretation needs wisdom. Every wisdom needs careful negotiation between the timeless and time."


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