More Moral than God: Taking Responsibility for Religious by Charlene P. E. Burns

By Charlene P. E. Burns

Within the wake of the September 11 tragedy contemporary political and spiritual conflicts, cognizance to spiritual violence has elevated exponentially. even supposing violence within the identify of faith has been round for hundreds of years, there's expanding have to study the roots of non secular violence, with the wish of operating for peace. in additional ethical than God, Charlene Burns takes a distinct examine the mental motivations in the back of spiritual violence. Drawing from psychology, philosophy, and theology, Burns illuminates the interaction among our pictures of God, our person egos, and our collective selves, and brings to mild the measure to which each and every folks can and needs to take accountability for the spiritual panorama. as well as her personal viewpoint on spiritual violence, Burns offers a quick historical past of non secular violence and addresses different attainable motivations, together with politics, economics, globalization, kinfolk dynamics and extra.

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Over the last two decades, as warfare in Sri Lanka rages on, alcoholism, murder, and suicide rates have risen quite dramatically. 20 All of this is in stark contrast to the teachings of the great twenty-first-century Buddhist advocates for peace like Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, and Nobel Peace Prize winners, Tenzin Gyatso (His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 1989) and Burmese nonviolent human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi (1991). 21 As mentioned in the discussion of Judaism above, during Jesus’ lifetime, there do seem to have been a few successful nonviolent acts of Jewish resistance to Roman abuses, but we have no evidence tying Jesus’ earliest Jewish followers directly to those movements.

The efforts of his followers have brought Gülen’s theology of activism for tolerance and peace to the attention A Brief History of Religious Violence 29 of Western scholars. ” The Movement has established hundreds of schools in numerous countries, the Turkish Teacher’s Foundation, the Journalists’ and Writers’ Foundation which brings Muslims and secularists into dialogue, a newspaper, a television and radio station, and a bank which operates according to the Quranic prohibition against charging interest.

1 13 14 Chapter Two The Bhagavad Gita is most often cited as the source of Hindu attitudes toward violence. The text tells the story of a warrior, Arjuna, who is troubled by the fact that his family is preparing for battle against their cousins. Arjuna discusses his reluctance to fight with his chariot driver who, unbeknownst to Arjuna, is Krishna, an avatar (incarnation) of the god Vishnu. 26–47), but Krishna argues that he must go to war. The god offers two compelling justifications for warfare even against one’s own relations: Arjuna, when a man knows the self to be indestructible, enduring, unborn, unchanging, how does he kill or cause anyone to kill?

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