When Religion Becomes Evil: Five Warning Signs

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Religion - 304 pages
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In this thoroughly revised and updated edition, leading religion and Middle East expert Charles Kimball shows how all religious traditions are susceptible to these basic corruptions and why only authentic faith can prevent such evil.

The Five Warning Signs of Corruption in Religion

1. Absolute Truth Claims
2. Blind Obedience
3. Establishing the "Ideal" Time
4. The End Justifies Any Means
5. Declaring Holy War


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I mainly planned to read this book because it was doing the same thing I'm doing in the book I'm writing and hope to publish. I thought it was written by some nice, probably obscure, professor who did ... Read full review

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An excellent book focusing on where religion goes wrong, our vulnerability, and naive approach for saving ourselves. Touches on cults, and the trap many fall into. The separation and enmeshment with government. Read full review


one Is Religion the Problem?
two Absolute Truth Claims
three Blind Obedience
four Establishing the Ideal Time
five The End Justifies Any Means
six Declaring Holy War
seven An Inclusive Faith Rooted in a Tradition

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Charles Kimball is a professor of comparative religion at Wake Forest University. An ordained Baptist minister who received his doctorate from Harvard University in comparative religion with specialization in Islamic studies, Dr. Kimball is the author of three books about religion in the Middle East.

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