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Unformatted text preview: Terror in the Mind of God—Mark Juergensmeyer Book Review Notes • Argument o The answers to why the world still needs religion and why it has suffered such acts of violence are very much alike Cultures of violence Religion is used to justify violence, but also violence empowers religion • • Religious Terrorism o Terrorism Public response to violence is part of the meaning • Religion and Violence o Violence has always been prevalent in religion o Contemporary acts of violence often justified by history of religion’s past o What’s wrong with the word, “terrorist” Makes no clear distinction between the attack’s… • Organizers • Implementers • Direct and Indirect supporters MJ uses it in the same sense as the word, “murderer” • Applies to specific people only after they have been found guilty of either committing a crime or planning to do so Depends on perceptions: • If the world is seen as peaceful, violent acts = terrorism • If the world is seen as at war, violent acts = legitimate •...
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2010 for the course REL 301 at USC.