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God at War: A Meditation on Religion and Warfare

Mark Juergensmeyer


This book explores the dark attraction between religion and warfare and explains why religion needs war and war needs religion. Virtually every religious tradition leaves behind it a bloody trail of stories, legends, and images of war, and most wars call upon the divine for blessings in battle. This book probes the remarkably similar alternative realities that are created in the human imagination by both religious ideas and images of war in response to crises both personal and social. Based on the author’s thirty years of fieldwork interviewing activists involved in religious-related terrorist ... More

Keywords: war, cosmic war, religion, religious violence, terrorism, religious wars, God, computer games, Carl von Clausewitz, Reinhold Niebuhr

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190079178
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190079178.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Juergensmeyer, author
Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Global Studies, University of California