Jonathan Sacks's Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence PDF

By Jonathan Sacks

ISBN-10: 0805243356

ISBN-13: 9780805243352

***2015 nationwide Jewish e-book Award Winner***

In this strong and well timed publication, essentially the most widespread and authoritative spiritual leaders of our time tackles the phenomenon of spiritual extremism and violence dedicated within the identify of God. If faith is perceived as being a part of the matter, Rabbi Sacks argues, then it should also shape a part of the answer. whilst faith turns into a zero-sum conceit—that is, my faith is the single correct route to God, for this reason your faith is through definition wrong—and everyone is influenced by way of what Rabbi Sacks calls “altruistic evil,” violence among peoples of alternative ideals seems to be the one average outcome.
yet via an exploration of the roots of violence and its courting to faith, and using groundbreaking biblical research and interpretation, Rabbi Sacks indicates that religiously encouraged violence has as its resource misreadings of biblical texts on the center of all 3 Abrahamic faiths. by means of taking a look anew on the publication of Genesis, with its foundational tales of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Rabbi Sacks deals a thorough rereading of a few of the Bible’s seminal tales of sibling contention: Cain and Abel, Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, Rachel and Leah.
“Abraham himself,” writes Rabbi Sacks, “sought to be a blessing to others despite their religion. that concept, neglected for lots of of the intervening centuries, continues to be the best definition of Abrahamic religion. it's not our activity to overcome or convert the realm or implement uniformity of trust. it really is our job to be a blessing to the area. using faith for political ends isn't really righteousness yet idolatry . . . To invoke God to justify violence opposed to the blameless isn't really an act of sanctity yet of sacrilege.” here's an eloquent demand humans of goodwill from all faiths and none to face jointly, confront the non secular extremism that threatens to smash us, and claim: now not in God’s identify.

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24. The creation of the woman after the man and from a part of his body need not imply the subordi­ nation of women to men. Accord­ ing to Ramban (NaJ::unanides, a great 13th-century Spanish rabbi), the point of v. " Promiscuity is thus a degradation of God's intentions in creating human beings male and female. It is interesting that al­ though polygamy is amply at­ tested in the Tanakh, v. 24 indi­ cates that the ideal, Edenic condition is monogamy (see also Mal. 14-16; Prov. 15-23). 24: Disobedience, knowl­ edge, exile.

29 God said, "See, I give you every seed-bearing plant that is upon all the earth, and every tree that has seed­ bearing fruit; they shall be yours for food. " And it was so. 31 And God saw all that He had made, and found it very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. 2 The heaven and the earth were finished, and all their array. 2 Qn the seventh day God finished the work that He had been doing, and He ceased • on the seventh day from all the work that He had done. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because on it God ceased from all the work of creation that He had done.

11 and elsewhere). D also emphasizes that this one God must be worshipped in one place only (see esp. Deut. ch 12); this place is understood to be Jerusalem. The narrative sources J, E, P, and D also have legal collections associated with them. The Covenant Collection (see Exod. 7) in Exod. 20. 33 is associated with J or E. The Holiness Collection of Lev. chs 17-26 is so named because of its central injunction (Lev. " Though not composed by the Priestly author (P), it represents Priestly theology.

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