Peter Marshall

Blessed are the Peacemakers

Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence


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Religion is inherently violent, the cause of all the major wars in history. This sentiment, says Karen Armstrong in Fields of Blood, is heard constantly nowadays, ‘recited like a mantra by American commentators and psychiatrists, London taxi drivers and Oxford academics’. In the course of a learned, lively and lengthy historical survey, Armstrong, a respected commentator on the comparative history and practice of religion and a well-known proponent of a broad and inclusive theism, aims to set the record straight.

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