Religion and the History of Violence
Karen Armstrong at Politics and Prose Bookstore
Armstrong demonstrates again and again that the great spasms of cruelty and killing through history have had little or no religious overlay. In modern times Hitler, Stalin and Mao were all atheists, and the power behind the Holocaust, Armstrong says, was an ethnic rather than a religious hatred. An overemphasis on religion’s damage can blind people to the nonholy terrors that their states inflict.
-- James Fallows, NY Times
Talk by Karen Armstrong outlining Fields of Blood at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, DC
Review of Karen Armstrong's Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence
"Just after finishing Karen Armstrong’s new book, I happened to hear a discussion on television about the latest outbreak of violence in the Middle East. “We have to hope that this disagreement stays on the political level, rather than becoming a religious dispute,” one of the experts said. “Political differences can be resolved. Religious ones cannot.”