God's Zeal

God's Zeal : The Battle of the Three Monotheisms

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The conflicts between the three great monotheistic religions Christianity, Judaism and Islam are shaping our world more than ever before.


In this important new book Peter Sloterdijk returns to the origins of monotheism in order to shed new light on the conflict of the faiths today. Following the polytheism of the ancient civilizations of the Egyptians, Hittites and Babylonians, Jewish monotheism was born as a theology of protest, as a religion of triumph within defeat. While the religion of the Jews remained limited to their own people, Christianity unfolded its message with proclamations of universal truth. Islam raised this universalism to a new level through a military and political mode of expansion.


Sloterdijk examines the forms of conflict that arise between the three monotheisms by analyzing the basic possibilities stemming from anti-Paganism, anti-Judaism, anti-Islamism and anti-Christianism. These possibilities were augmented by internal rifts: a defining influence within Judaism was a separatism with defensive aspects, in Christianity the project of expansion through mission, and in Islam the Holy War.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 144.78 x 215.9 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745645062
  • 9780745645063
  • 2,314,798

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The conflicts between the three great monotheistic religions- Christianity, Judaism and Islam - are shaping ourworld more than ever before.

In this important new book Peter Sloterdijk returns to theorigins of monotheism in order to shed new light on the conflict ofthe faiths today. Following the polytheism of the ancientcivilizations of the Egyptians, Hittites and Babylonians, Jewishmonotheism was born as a theology of protest, as a religion oftriumph within defeat. While the religion of the Jews remainedlimited to their own people, Christianity unfolded its message withproclamations of universal truth. Islam raised this universalism toa new level through a military and political mode of expansion.

Sloterdijk examines the forms of conflict that arise between thethree monotheisms by analyzing the basic possibilities stemmingfrom anti-Paganism, anti-Judaism, anti-Islamism andanti-Christianism. These possibilities were augmented by internalrifts: a defining influence within Judaism was a separatism withdefensive aspects, in Christianity the project of expansion throughmission, and in Islam the Holy War.

Today these three religions are now called upon to adjust theirrelations from peaceful coexistence to dialogue: zealouscollectives must become parties in a civil society.
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Table of contents

Dedication page vii


1 The premises 1


2 The formations 19


3 The battle fronts 40


4 The campaigns 50


5 The matrix 82


6 The pharmaka 105


7 The parables of the ring 122


8 After-zeal 150


Index 161
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"Peter Sloterdijk has a strong claim to being Germany's foremost public philosopher." The Philosopher's Magazine
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About Peter Sloterdijk

Peter Sloterdijk is professor of philosophy and aesthetics at the Karlsruhe School of Design and the author of many works including
Critique of Cynical Reason and
Spharen.
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