By Thomas Block
This unsettling e-book experiences particular situations of “holy struggle” as proposed within the holy books of the foremost religion traditions, and illustrates how bellicose, war-like language is used to provide an explanation for the non secular quest. the writer proposes that this intermingling of conflict and spirituality prepares the inhabitants for the arriving of conflict. conflict as religious perform looks inevitable, because of this religio-violent schooling that's woven via all religion traditions. The institutional mixing of the sacred and human aggression seem to be primary to human society. the second one component of the booklet particularizes this dynamic inside of our modern, American social and political milieu. It concentrates at the political language and speeches of yank politicians considering the fact that 2002, following the run-up to the Iraq warfare and its continuation over the last decade, displaying precisely how this mystical/war conflation permeates American society. This ebook has huge power readership, together with lecturers and lay readers occupied with the fields of battle, political technology, peace and clash solution, faith, spirituality and normal social heritage. scholars from West aspect to St. John’s of Annapolis will locate it tough and informative, possibly altering their perception of warfare, faith and human society
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56 War uncovers a beauty that is sui generis: available only through participation in war. It is the subconscious depths of the imagination come to life, an impossible flaring into existence of our deepest and most hidden fears and conceptions, right in front of one’s eyes. War offers all of the fantastic sights and sounds of the most extreme carnival, parade, festival, party and orgy. There is nothing like it in the world and for some who go to war, nothing can ever equal its aesthetic quality.
The act of creation was violence itself. They myth of the gentle god who created the universe out of love is simply wishful thinking, something stretched across the truth like a gauze so as to make it more palatable to general society. ”93 Tiamat, not only a “member of the community” but the literal mother of the community, played just this primal role. In the Babylonian creation myth, we can see how violence and religion emerged together. Father Jeremy Young, in his book The Violence of God and the War on Terror, explained how chaos, violence, humanity and religion fused to form the basis of the human experience of God: Because the cosmos is made from the body of Tiamat [a murdered God], who represents chaos, in the world represented by the [Babylonian creation] myth, chaos is prior to order.
You can hold the gods in your hand, carry death in your purse . . 66 The weapon is a lover’s “red, red lips,” or the alabaster turn of a youthful bosom. It is the tangible proof that there is a God, and that one man or woman can make a difference and achieve mystical meaning in a mundane world. 23 A Fatal Addiction: War in the Name of God No matter how much we talk about war, theorize, understand, quantify, fight against, demand better, march in protest, write letters, gnash our teeth and rend our garments, until we (humans) can honestly face the pure joy of killing in war, we can never come to terms with the institution, let alone begin to cure the illness of state sponsored mass murder.