How are we to think about religion and violence in the
contemporary world, especially in the wake of the events of
September 11, 2001? In this collection of essays, nearly a dozen
scholars, including some of the leading voices in the field of
academic religious thought, offer a theoretical and theological
response to the 9/11 attacks as well as a broader and more
interdisciplinary reflection on the issues surrounding religion and
violence, politics and terrorism, in the world today. Drawing on
Continental philosophy as a methodology, the contributors provide
insights from and implications for the Western monotheistic
traditions of Judaism and Christianity and their engagement with
the secular world. Here, religion and secularity are understood not
in opposition to one another but rather in interrelationship,
religion being seen as both implicated in and providing resources
for the overcoming of violence. Raising questions that are timely
as well as urgent, Religion and Violence in a Secular World eschews
easy solutions in an effort to foster critical and constructive
attempts to understand these complex and ambivalent phenomena.
Contributors: John D. Caputo (Syracuse Universty) * Clayton
Crockett (University of Central Arkansas) * James J. DiCenso
(University of Toronto) * Martin Kavka (Florida State University) *
Richard Kearney (Boston College) * Eleanor Pontoriero (University
of Toronto) * B. Keith Putt (Samford University) * Carl A. Raschke
(University of Denver) * Jeffrey W. Robbins (Lebanon Valley
College) * Noelle Vahanian (Lebanon Valley College) * Edith
Wyschogrod (Rice University)
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