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OUT NOW: Not In God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence

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Not In God’s Name will be published in the UK on 11th June 2015 and then in North America later on this year. You can pre-order your copy via Amazon (UK) or Amazon (US) now.

From the jacket:

Despite predictions of continuing secularization, the twenty-first century has witnessed a surge of religious extremism and violence in the name of God.

 

In this powerful and timely book, Jonathan Sacks explores the roots of violence and its relationship to religion, focusing on the historic tensions between the three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

 

Drawing on arguments from evolutionary psychology, game theory, history, philosophy, ethics and theology, Sacks shows how a tendency to violence can subvert even the most compassionate of religions.

 

Whilst dismissing the claim that religion is intrinsically a cause of violence, Sacks argues that theology must become part of the solution if it is not to remain at the heart of the problem.

 

Through a close reading of key Biblical texts at the heart of the Abrahamic faiths, Sacks challenges those who kill in the name of the God of life, wage war in the name of the God of peace, hate in the name of the God of love, and practice cruelty in the name of the God of compassion.

 

For the sake of humanity and the free world, the time has come for people of all faiths and none to stand together and declare: Not in God’s Name.