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By Neil J. Kressel

What separates confident non secular impulses from harmful ones? How does anyone who starts by means of considering his dating with God finish through committing an act of homicide? a few argue that religiously prompted evil constantly represents a corruption of real faith. Others are speedy to signify that faith itself—all religion—is the basis of extremist violence.

This is the 1st publication to trip to the guts of spiritual militancy. Dr. Neil J. Kressel, who has spent a long time studying genocide, terrorism, and anti-Semitism, brings to undergo the insights of psychology and social technological know-how in this major and important challenge. For these uninterested in simplistic bromides and obfuscating discuss the reasons of non secular terrorism, Kressel bargains a transparent and enlightening research of while and the way religions develop into in a position to inspiring evil. in particular, he addresses the subsequent key issues:

Are a few religions, non secular doctrines, and spiritual practices extra apt to motivate hatred and extremism than others?
Are those that devote evil acts within the identify in their religion continuously corrupting the real message of faith and, if this is the case, what's that message?
Do different contributors of an identical religion endure any accountability for misdeeds performed within the identify in their religion?
Which kinds of everyone is so much susceptible to extremism?
Which varieties of societies are probably to develop into breeding grounds for extremists?
Can (or may still) something be performed to wrestle many of the different types of non secular extremism?
What limits, if any, can (or may still) be put on non secular perform in the United States and elsewhere?
Beyond studying the character of non secular militancy, Kressel deals brilliant suggestions for addressing what's up to now the twenty first century’s such a lot severe challenge.

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