When Religion Becomes Evil: Five Warning Signs

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Religion - 304 pages

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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Contents

one Is Religion the Problem?
15
two Absolute Truth Claims
49
three Blind Obedience
81
four Establishing the Ideal Time
110
five The End Justifies Any Means
137
six Declaring Holy War
166
seven An Inclusive Faith Rooted in a Tradition
199
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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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