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The Construction of Evil and the Violence of Purification  

David Frankfurter

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter explores the construction of evil and the strategies of violence in purification. Prurient fascination and righteous revulsion both recreate and repel each other, developing ... More

Ethical Implications of the Holocaust  

Michael Berenbaum

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter examines the difficulties the Holocaust posed and continues to raise for Jews, Jewish theology, and specifically Jewish ethics, identifying eight major commitments made by ... More

The Holocaust  

Saul Friedländer

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Dec 2004
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Sep 2009
Notwithstanding almost six decades of scholarship and a fast-swelling stream of publications, the historiography of the Holocaust still remains divided in its initial and traditional ... More

Mimetic Theories of Religion and Violence  

Wolfgang Palaver

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter concentrates on the mimetic theory of Rene Girard in evaluating foundational myths of violence. It shows Girard's notion of the scapegoating mechanism, whereby a substitute ... More

Phenomenal Violence and the Philosophy of Religion  

Hent de Vries

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter offers the example of a philosophy that began with Jacques Derrida, the genesis and structure of whose overall thinking, writing, and interpretative praxis it reviews. ... More

Religion and Violence from Christian Theological Perspectives  

Charles Kimball

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter reviews the movement from pacifism to Just War and Crusade. It also tries to demonstrate the ways prominent Catholic and Protestant leaders have harshly used violent measures ... More

Religion and Violence from Literary Perspectives  

Margo Kitts

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter investigates how violence gets into religious texts and how it gets out of them, into action. Religious literatures clearly help to provide archives of cosmologies, memories, ... More

The Religious Problem of Evil  

James Aho

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter provides some of the answers as to how evil is experienced and why it exists. Evil explodes into the everyday world unasked and unwelcome, and has little underlying meaning ... More

Theodicy  

Michael J. Murray

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2009
From Leibniz's time until the mid-1970s, the word ‘theodicy’ was used to describe attempts to explain God's permission of evil. Since the mid-1970s, however, it has taken on a more refined ... More

War and Peace  

Stanley Hauerwas

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Feb 2013
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Jun 2013
This chapter begins by discussing the ethics of war, as exemplified by the development of the nation state system of Europe, and then considers Kant's thoughts about war in . Here Kant offers an ... More

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