Fields of Blood

  • von Karen Armstrong
  • Sprecher: Karen Armstrong
  • 20 Std. 6 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch

Beschreibung

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-9/11 perception: 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.
At a moment of rising geopolitical chaos, the imperative of mutual understanding between nations and faith communities has never been more urgent, the dangers of action based on misunderstanding never greater. Informed by Armstrong's sweeping erudition and personal commitment to the promotion of compassion, Fields of Blood makes vividly clear that religion is not the problem.

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"Armstrong again impresses with the breadth of her knowledge and the skill with which she conveys it to us." (Ray Olson, Booklist (starred review)

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"A well-written historical summary of what have traditionally been viewed as "religious" wars, showing convincingly that in pretty much all cases it was not so much religion as it was political issues that fueled the conflict." (Augustine J. Curley, Library Journal (starred review)
"Provocative and supremely readable…. the comparative nature of [Armstrong's] inquiry is refreshing…. Bracing as ever, [she] sweeps through religious history around the globe and over 4,000 years to explain the yoking of religion and violence and to elucidate the ways in which religion has also been used to counter violence." (Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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20 Stunden plumpe Apologetik

Was genau hätte man an Fields of Blood noch verbessern können?

Dieses Buch ist ein Paradebeispiel dafür wie man sich mit einer vorgefassten Meinung jedes Argument zurecht drehen kann bis es passt. Karen Armstrong nimmt einen mit auf eine zwanzigstündige Tour durch die grausamsten Kapitel der Menschheitsgeschichte. Und nach jedem blutigen Stop kommt sie jedes mal zu dem Schluss, dass für die Gewalt nicht die Religion verantwortlich gemacht werden kann. Sogar bei Glaubenskriegen und Märtyrertum ist nie die Religion schuld, sondern Politik und im Zweifel der sogenannte Westen.

Hier hätte man wissenschaftlicher Redlichkeit den Vorzug vor religiösem Eifer geben sollen.


Welche Emotionen hat dieses Hörbuch bei Ihnen ausgelöst? Ärger, Betroffenheit, Enttäuschung?

Ich hatte auf einen differenzierten Dialog gehofft bin aber nur auf 20 Stunden plumpe Apologetik getroffen.


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  • Erscheinungsdatum: 28.10.2014
  • Verlag: Random House Audio