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Aaron Kwan November 8, 2010 REL 301- Professor Albertson Book Review: Terror in the Mind of God In Terror in the Mind of God , Mark Juergensmeyer tackles the questions of why the world still needs religion and why it has suffered such acts of violence by explaining that the answers to these questions are quite similar. Understanding that violence has always been a part of religion, Juergensmeyer contends that many contemporary acts of violence have been justified by the history of a religion’s past and the worldviews of the particular groups. He presents the example that if the world is viewed as peaceful, violent acts are considered terrorism, whereas violent acts are deemed perfectly legitimate in a world perceived to be at war. This is developed in what Juergensmeyer defines as “cultures of violence,” in which there exist shared perceptions that the particular communities are currently being violated or under attack, and therefore any
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