Despite predictions of continuing secularisation, the twenty-first
century has witnessed a surge of religious extremism and violence
in the name of God. In this powerful and timely book, Jonathan
Sacks explores the roots of violence and its relationship to
religion, focusing on the historic tensions between the three
Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Drawing on
arguments from evolutionary psychology, game theory, history,
philosophy, ethics and theology, Sacks shows how a tendency to
violence can subvert even the most compassionate of religions.
Through a close reading of key biblical texts at the heart of the
Abrahamic faiths, Sacks then challenges those who claim that
religion is intrinsically a cause of violence, and argues that
theology must become part of the solution if it is not to remain at
the heart of the problem. This book is a rebuke to all those who
kill in the name of the God of life, wage war in the name of the
God of peace, ...