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One God : the political and moral philosophy of western civilization
Lorca, Ernesto.
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Montreal : Black Rose Books, [2003]

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xvii, 402 pages ; 23 cm

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Half of the world's most dangerous terrorist groups claim religion as their motivation. How can the word of God sanction acts of terror against human beings? How can violence become a sacred duty? This wide-ranging and insightful book asks one of the most important and perplexing questions of our age: Why do religious people commit violent acts in the name of their god, taking the lives of innocent victims and terrorizing entire populations? One God evaluates the political and moral theory contained within the sacred books of three great religions: that of the Jews, the Christians, and the Muslims. It focuses on monotheism and its observable social consequences, particularly in pluralistic societies, and argues that the text supplies not only the ideology but also the motivation and organizational structure for the perpetrators of violent acts. By presenting excepts from the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Koran, Lorca lets the text speak for itself. With clarity and vigor, he convincingly shows how and why a faith in one God can unite people in great or terrible undertakings: to convert others to faith and to struggle for justice or to unite them for crusades and bloody persecutions. This book is not an attempt to explain religion, nor does it propose to argue for or against the existence of God(s). A sweeping social history of religion, One God shows how the great monotheisms shaped the past and created the modern world. It is a major contribution to the sociology of religion that makes a forceful argument regarding the consequences of religious beliefs. Dr. Ernesto Lorca is a well-known medical doctor in Chile and author of a number of scientific studies. He teaches Ethics and Society and is a regularly invited lecturer to various American, Canadian, and British universities.

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Dr. Ernesto Lorca (1923-2002) was a well-known medical doctor in Chile and author of a number of scientific studies. He taught Ethics and Society and was a regularly invited lecturer to various American, Canadian and British universities. The preparation of this manuscript was his last work

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vi
Introductionp. ix
Part 1 The Old Testament
Chapter 1 Genesisp. 3
Chapter 2 Exodusp. 28
Chapter 3 Leviticusp. 47
Chapter 4 Numbersp. 66
Chapter 5 Deuteronomyp. 93
Part 2 The New Testament
Chapter 6 Matthewp. 143
Chapter 7 Markp. 163
Chapter 8 Lukep. 171
Chapter 9 Johnp. 184
Chapter 10 The Actsp. 198
Chapter 11 Pauline Epistlesp. 217
Chapter 12 General Epistlesp. 282
Chapter 13 Revelationp. 293
Part 3 The Koran
Chapter 14 Suras 1-2p. 311
Chapter 15 Suras 3-4; and 24,33,58,65,66p. 324
Chapter 16 Suras 5-9p. 339
Chapter 17 Suras 10-24p. 351
Chapter 18 Suras 25-56p. 365
Chapter 19 Suras 57-114p. 379
Concluding Notesp. 385
Further Readingp. 401