Religion and Violence: Coming to Terms with Terms

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18 Scopus citations
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781405191319
StatePublished - Apr 20 2011


  • "Religion" and "Violence," defining relationships - coming to terms with terms
  • Category, known as religion - use of the "R-word," more contested than ever
  • Debates over the definition of religion - going back to early antiquity
  • Debates, moral and political philosophers - meanings of violence, in 1960s and 1970s
  • Efforts to interpret the massacre - shooter's motives, and the trauma's aftermath
  • Post-September 11 world, constructions of religion - easy to form, and dangerous to hold
  • Religion, turning out to be a rather peculiar term - fraught with paradox
  • Religious and secular violence - Bruce Lincoln's study of religion, relations to violence
  • Scholarly works, seeking to probe - intersections of religion and violence
  • Student Seung-Hui Cho's shooting spree - turning his gun on himself, claiming 32 lives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities

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