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The War on Terrorism and the Terror of God [Paperback]

By Lee Griffith (Author)
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Uniquely relevant to a world shaken by recent acts of terror, this provocative analysis of our culture of violence calls people of faith back to the way of peace that has always been the proper Christian response to aggression. With the newspaper in one hand and the Bible in the other, Lee Griffith takes a frank look at the historical events and modern forces that contribute to terrorism. This is not a book about small guerrilla bands of terrorists nor about so-called "Islamic terrorists" - it is a cogent, open-eyed analysis of a worldwide epidemic of violence. In a discussion that will no doubt be controversial, Griffith argues that terrorism and counter-terrorism are identical phenomena when viewed at the spiritual level. To oppose terrorism with violence acknowledges the terrorist assumption that meaningful change is only possible through suffering and fear. Likewise, terrorism and counter-terrorism both employ similar God language to justify horrendous acts of violence. This is true not only of "rogue states" but also of Western leaders who use religious language on the eve of battle. In response to today's culture of terror, Griffith points the way to a theology of peace. He first looks at specific current events that contribute to terrorism. Next, he mines the history of the church to see how the tradition has responded to violence in the past. Finally, he probes the biblical texts for meaningful answers. The result is a stirring message for our day: rather than serving as an incitement to violence, the biblical concept of "the terror of God" stands as a renunciation of all violence - and of death itself. Posing a radical faith for radical times, The War on Terrorism and the Terror of God is sure to generate discussion from every quarter.

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Uniquely relevant to a world shaken by recent acts of terror, this provocative analysis of our culture of violence calls people of faith back to the way of peace that has always been the proper Christian response to aggression. With the newspaper in one hand and the Bible in the other, Lee Griffith takes a frank look at the historical events and modern forces that contribute to terrorism. This is not a book about small guerrilla bands of terrorists nor about so-called "Islamic terrorists" - it is a cogent, open-eyed analysis of a worldwide epidemic of violence. In a discussion that will no doubt be controversial, Griffith argues that terrorism and counter-terrorism are identical phenomena when viewed at the spiritual level. To oppose terrorism with violence acknowledges the terrorist assumption that meaningful change is only possible through suffering and fear. Likewise, terrorism and counter-terrorism both employ similar God language to justify horrendous acts of violence. This is true not only of "rogue states" but also of Western leaders who use religious language on the eve of battle. In response to today's culture of terror, Griffith points the way to a theology of peace. He first looks at specific current events that contribute to terrorism. Next, he mines the history of the church to see how the tradition has responded to violence in the past. Finally, he probes the biblical texts for meaningful answers. The result is a stirring message for our day: rather than serving as an incitement to violence, the biblical concept of "the terror of God" stands as a renunciation of all violence - and of death itself. Posing a radical faith for radical times, The War on Terrorism and the Terror of God is sure to generate discussion from every quarter.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.91"
Weight:   1.34 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2004
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802828604  
ISBN13  9780802828606  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lee Griffith is a teacher, author, and longtime social activist currently working with a nonprofit community mental health program in Elmira, New York. He is also the author of The Fall of the Prison: Biblical Perspectives on Prison Abolition and The War on Terrorism and the Terror of God.

Lee Griffith was born in 1948.

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Reviews - What do customers think about The War on Terrorism and the Terror of God?

The War on Terrorism  Mar 5, 2006
The book is an excellent resource concerning terrorism, which has been the concern today. It focuses on the ethics of terrorism and uses a scriptural foundation to validate reasoning. I am almost finished with this book. I am using this book as a part of our readings in a class on the Ethics and Theology of Violence in seminary.
 
A serious work with thoughts about not becoming 'the enemy'  Jul 1, 2004
Even Griffith's most adamant detractors must concede that he makes a substantial and strong case for his point of view, from the perspective of theology, history, and deeply considered ethics. He does have a definite point of view, and it is not one that is deferential towards the powers-that-be, here or elsewhere. He points out the sad state of moral equivalence between terrorist and counter-terrorist that is our present paradigm
 
A Very Important Perspective  Jun 16, 2003
Lee Griffith presents a logical perspective that seems to have been ignored in the hysteria that has followed the events of September 11, 2001. (Interestingly Griffith wrote his book before those events.) Griffith points out that our response to terrorism has basically been to terrorize the terrorists, which forces the terrorists to just increase thier commitment to violence.
Griffith also presents an important Christian prespective that we miss far too often. We have divided the world into good and evil realms and have concluded that it is up to the realm of good to defeat the evil realm. However, Jesus never divided the world into good and evil, he saw the entire world as good, but fallen and in need of redemption.
 
Glosses over reality  Mar 6, 2003
In his noble effort to encourage peace, the author has written an indictment of US policies, while glossing over the realities of the present world order. He presents Islam in an irenic way, ignoring the fact that the Islamic resurgence is fomenting violence all over the world. This book is a one-sided view, based more on rhetoric than reality. Don't waste your money on it.
 
A Great Book, A Profound Book  Apr 15, 2002
This is the finest, most eloquent book on our current situation that I 've read, and I've read quite a few since the fall. Terrorism never works, whether it's state terrorism or non state. Legitimate grievances canot be addressed or avenged by violence.

The author makes the case that there is no biblical justification for terrorism and absolutely none for violent response to terrorism. His reading of the Bible is spot on.

Finally someone has the courage to oppose these awful wars, including the American terrorism, and tell the truth. Violence and murder are immoral and never work, even in retaliation for violence.

Read this book. Pass it on.

 

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