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Fields of Blood - Religion and the History of Violence

Karen Armstrong

From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence. For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness-something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? With deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong sets out to discover the truth about religion and violence in each of the world's great traditions, taking us on an astonishing journey from prehistoric times to the present. While many historians have looked at violence in connection with particular religious manifestations (jihad in Islam or Christianity's Crusades), Armstrong looks at each faith-not only Christianity and Islam, but also Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Judaism-in its totality over time. As she describes, each arose in an agrarian society with plenty powerful landowners brutalizing peasants while also warring among themselves over land, then the only real source of wealth. In this world, religion was not the discrete and personal matter it would become for us but rather something that permeated all aspects of society. And so it was that agrarian aggression, and the warrior ethos it begot, became bound up with observances of the sacred. In each tradition, however, a counterbalance to the warrior code also developed. Around sages, prophets, and mystics there grew up communities protesting the injustice and bloodshed endemic to agrarian society, the violence to which religion had become heir. And so by the time the great confessional faiths came of age, all understood themselves as ultimately devoted to peace, equality, and reconciliation, whatever the acts of violence perpetrated in their name. Industrialization and modernity have ushered in an epoch of spectacular and unexampled violence, although, as Armstrong explains, relatively little of it can be ascribed dir

From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence. For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness-something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? With deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong sets out to discover the truth about religion and violence in each of the world's great traditions, taking us on an astonishing journey from prehistoric times to the present. While many historians have looked at violence in connection with particular religious manifestations (jihad in Islam or Christianity's Crusades), Armstrong looks at each faith-not only Christianity and Islam, but also Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Judaism-in its totality over time. As she describes, each arose in an agrarian society with plenty powerful landowners brutalizing peasants while also warring among themselves over land, then the only real source of wealth. In this world, religion was not the discrete and personal matter it would become for us but rather something that permeated all aspects of society. And so it was that agrarian aggression, and the warrior ethos it begot, became bound up with observances of the sacred. In each tradition, however, a counterbalance to the warrior code also developed. Around sages, prophets, and mystics there grew up communities protesting the injustice and bloodshed endemic to agrarian society, the violence to which religion had become heir. And so by the time the great confessional faiths came of age, all understood themselves as ultimately devoted to peace, equality, and reconciliation, whatever the acts of violence perpetrated in their name. Industrialization and modernity have ushered in an epoch of spectacular and unexampled violence, although, as Armstrong explains, relatively little of it can be ascribed dir
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From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence. For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness-something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? With deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong sets out to discover the truth about religion and violence in each of the world's great traditions, taking us on an astonishing journey from prehistoric times to the present. While many historians have looked at violence in connection with particular religious manifestations (jihad in Islam or Christianity's Crusades), Armstrong looks at each faith-not only Christianity and Islam, but also Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Judaism-in its totality over time. As she describes, each arose in an agrarian society with plenty powerful landowners brutalizing peasants while also warring among themselves over land, then the only real source of wealth. In this world, religion was not the discrete and personal matter it would become for us but rather something that permeated all aspects of society. And so it was that agrarian aggression, and the warrior ethos it begot, became bound up with observances of the sacred. In each tradition, however, a counterbalance to the warrior code also developed. Around sages, prophets, and mystics there grew up communities protesting the injustice and bloodshed endemic to agrarian society, the violence to which religion had become heir. And so by the time the great confessional faiths came of age, all understood themselves as ultimately devoted to peace, equality, and reconciliation, whatever the acts of violence perpetrated in their name. Industrialization and modernity have ushered in an epoch of spectacular and unexampled violence, although, as Armstrong explains, relatively little of it can be ascribed dir

Language:

English

Length:

20h 7m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:19


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:54


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:50


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:43


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:11


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:11


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:08


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:53


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:49


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:38


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:02


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:29


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:38


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:02


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:42


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:25


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:51


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:42


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:57


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:27


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:01


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:19


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:47


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:30


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:02


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:43


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:05


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:17


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:15


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:26


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:46


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:40


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:53


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:46


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:40


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:42


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:00


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:06


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:05


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:39


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:55


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:17


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:11


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:42


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:18


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:30


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:42


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

09:35


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

09:21


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:57


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:20


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:28


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:24


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:41


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:27


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:18


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:12


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:05


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:52


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:20


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:36


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:22


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:50


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:14


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:20


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:47


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:36


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:45


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:36


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:54


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:44


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:37


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:09


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:49


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:58


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:21


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

09:42


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:13


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:33


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:20


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:22


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:11


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:30


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:54


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:20


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:25


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:32


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

09:19


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

09:14


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

09:21


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

09:55


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:34


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:52


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

08:26


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

08:52


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

09:02


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

09:38


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:24


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:01


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:06


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:46


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:38


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:38


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:23


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

07:55


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

08:31


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

06:00


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

09:06


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

06:25


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

07:18


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:16


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

08:46


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:41


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

07:54


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:08


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

09:40


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

09:12


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

07:16


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

09:22


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

08:11


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:57


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:38


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

09:23


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

07:54


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

07:06


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

09:19


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

09:59


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

09:38


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

09:43


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

09:37


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

09:29


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

09:31


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

09:34


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

08:52


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

09:12


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

09:22


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

06:21


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

09:17


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

09:58


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

00:30