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Is Religion Dangerous? [Paperback]

By Keith Ward (Author)
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Holy wars, crusades, discrimination, hate - these by-products of religion are all many contemporary commentators can see. But is religion dangerous? Is it a force for evil, something to oppose as a corrupt system that leads to terrorism and violence? Is it something to disdain as irrational and out of step with modern society? Keith Ward here addresses these concerns intelligently and insightfully. Looking at the evidence from history, philosophy, sociology, and psychology, he focuses on the main question at issue: does religion do more harm than good? He begins with a clear definition of what religion actually is, examining the key area of religion and violence. Ward goes on to assess the allegations of irrationality and immorality before finally exploring the good religion has engendered over the centuries. Without religion, the human race would be considerably worse off with little hope for the future. In fact, he argues, religion is the best rational basis for morality. Thought-provoking and powerful, Is Religion Dangerous? is essential reading for anyone interested in the confluence of truth, freedom, and justice.

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Holy wars, crusades, discrimination, hate these by-products of religion are all many contemporary commentators can see. But is religion dangerous? Is it a force for evil, something to oppose as a corrupt system that leads to terrorism and violence? Is it something to disdain as irrational and out of step with modern society?

Keith Ward here addresses these concerns intelligently and insightfully. Looking at the evidence from history, philosophy, sociology, and psychology, he focuses on the main question at issue: does religion do more harm than good? He begins with a clear definition of what religion actually is, examining the key area of religion and violence. Ward goes on to assess the allegations of irrationality and immorality before finally exploring the good religion has engendered over the centuries. Without religion, the human race would be considerably worse off with little hope for the future. In fact, he argues, religion is the best rational basis for morality.

Thought-provoking and powerful, "Is Religion Dangerous?" is essential reading for anyone interested in the confluence of truth, freedom, and justice.

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Is Religion Dangerous? by Keith Ward has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Booklist - 04/01/2007 page 8


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   206
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 6.24" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.63 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
ISBN  0802845088  
ISBN13  9780802845085  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Keith Ward is Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University.


Keith Ward has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Images of the Divine in Five Religious Traditions


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1Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Philosophy > Ethics & Morality
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > General
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > Philosophy
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Church & State
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Religion


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Books > Theology > Theology & Doctrine > Philosophical Theology



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An excellent and thought-provoking book  Oct 15, 2006
This excellently-written and very readable book has 200 pages dealing with this most modern of issues - is religion dangerous? Keith Ward explores how we define religion and the ways in which religions and groups can be seen to be `dangerous' where their intent might be quite the opposite.

I liked the way that he drew examples from all aspects of life and history - Christianity, Islam, Nazi Germany, the Crusades, Iraq, Quakers, Buddhism and more. This wide-ranging look at the world and the religions that are part of it, their history and form today and ways in which their followers can be dangerous was excellently portrayed.

His conclusion - that it's the human within the religion that is dangerous, not the religion itself - is perhaps not a surprise but his masterly arguments are well worth reading. A useful book to encourage thought and dialogue within Christianity and other religions.
 

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