Bad Faith: The Danger of Religious Extremism by Neil J. Kressel

By Neil J. Kressel

What separates confident spiritual impulses from damaging ones? How does somebody who starts via considering his courting with God finish by way of committing an act of homicide? a few argue that religiously stimulated evil continuously represents a corruption of real faith. Others are quickly to signify that faith itself—all religion—is the basis of extremist violence.

This is the 1st booklet to trip to the center of non secular militancy. Dr. Neil J. Kressel, who has spent a long time discovering genocide, terrorism, and anti-Semitism, brings to endure the insights of psychology and social technology in this major and significant challenge. For these uninterested in simplistic bromides and obfuscating discuss the motives of spiritual terrorism, Kressel bargains a transparent and enlightening research of whilst and the way religions develop into able to inspiring evil. particularly, he addresses the next key issues:

Are a few religions, non secular doctrines, and spiritual practices extra apt to encourage hatred and extremism than others?
Are those that devote evil acts within the identify in their religion consistently corrupting the real message of faith and, if this is the case, what's that message?
Do different individuals of an identical religion undergo any accountability for misdeeds conducted within the identify in their religion?
Which types of individuals are such a lot at risk of extremism?
Which kinds of societies are probably to turn into breeding grounds for extremists?
Can (or may still) whatever be performed to wrestle a number of the sorts of non secular extremism?
What limits, if any, can (or may still) be put on spiritual perform in the US and elsewhere?
Beyond studying the character of non secular militancy, Kressel bargains good strategies for addressing what's so far the twenty first century’s such a lot severe challenge.

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