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The war on terrorism and the terror of God
Griffith, Lee, 1948-
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., [2002]

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xv, 399 pages ; 25 cm
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BT736.15 .G75 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Uniquely relevant in a world shaken by recent acts of terror, this title calls people of faith to the way of peace, the Christian response to evil and violence.

Author Notes

Lee Griffith is a teacher, author, and social activist who works with a community mental health program in Elmira, New York

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This important book may anger some readers. Its thesis is that when counterterrorists adopt the tactics and good-versus-evil mentality of terrorists, there is no moral difference between them. In other words, when the United States attacks terrorists in the Muslim world, it is behaving like those it accuses. Griffith's alternative, "the burning coals of God's love (Romans 12:20-21)," leads believers "to risk their lives in the service of others (John 15:12-13)" because "the judgment of God is arrayed against all of the rebellious principalities and powers." For Griffith (teacher and author, Elmira, N.Y.), there are no just wars. One may grant that counterterrorism at times inflicts more damage than the terrorists it opposes and that those practicing counterterrorism act unjustly. Is that sufficient reason, however, not to respond militarily at all? Griffith, who believes it is, advocates closing down the CIA and its training camps and ending the governmental use of informants and covert sting operations. He wants individuals to practice nonviolent dissent and noncooperation, even though he admits that those tactics have a bleak track record in halting oppression. Recommended for all levels of readers. P. L. Redditt Georgetown College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
I. The Meaning of Terrorp. 1
The Ideology in a Definitionp. 1
Changing Allegiance, Changing Meaningp. 19
Terror Is Not Godp. 31
II. Terror and the Death of Communityp. 37
Terrorism and Dehumanizationp. 37
The Terror of Antisemitismp. 60
Strangers and Aliensp. 69
III. The Ethics of Terrorismp. 75
Ethical Dualismp. 75
Crusadesp. 100
Sowing and Reaping: Terror and the Prophetic Traditionp. 111
IV. The Terror of Godp. 129
Storming the Kingdom of Godp. 129
The Abolitionists and the Judgment of Godp. 185
The Terror of God in the Apocalypsep. 203
V. Beyond Terror and Counterterrorp. 219
On Not Making Concessions to Terrorismp. 220
Paths of Nonviolence: Tolstoy, Day, Tutup. 251
The Terror of the Cross and the Hope of the Resurrectionp. 268
Postscript: September 11, 2001: The Terror and the Hopep. 271
Endnotesp. 279
Bibliographyp. 361
Index of Names and Subjectsp. 389
Index of Scripture Referencesp. 395