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The Challenge of Theoterrorism

by Paul Cliteur (May 2013)


“Military fervor on behalf of faith has disappeared. Its only souvenirs are the marble effigies of crusading knights, reposing in the silent crypts of churches on their tombs,” writes John William Draper (1811-1882) in his History of the Conflict between Religion and Science (1874).1 Writing on the pernicious influence that religion had exerted on scientific progress, Draper thought this belonged to the past. Draper would have looked with astonishment at book titles we are so familiar with nowadays: God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics (2011),2 Is Religion Killing Us? Violence in the Bible and the Quran (2003),3 Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (2003),4 Making War in the Name of God (2007)5 and God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (2007).5 more>>>