Laying Down the Sword

Laying Down the Sword : Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses Christianity Became More Peaceful than Islam

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Philip Jenkins delivers a fearless examination of the darkand violent verses of the Bible--and a call for us to read them anew in pursuitof a richer, more honest faith. From "one of America's best scholars ofreligion" (The Economist), this daring exploration of the Scripture'smost difficult passages forces us to confront and accept the violence that wasas integral to the formulation of Christianity's message as it was for manyother of the world's religions, and shows us how a full understanding of theScripture will allow us to finally move towards a more peaceful, spiritualworld. Readers of Bart Ehrman's God's Problem, John Selby Spong's The Sins of Scripture, andJenkins's own The Jesus Wars, as well as every Christian eager to squarethe recurrent violence of the Scripture with Christianity's enduring message ofpeace, will find these difficult questions explored in full in Laying Downthe Sword.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperOne
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061990728
  • 9780061990724
  • 410,179

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"Jenkins has outdone himself. This is by far the best piece of work he has ever done, dealing with one of the most controversial issues Christians struggle with day-in and day-out."--Tony Campolo
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A New Vision for Understanding Bloodshed in the Bible

Laying Down the Sword brings to light biblical texts that have been hidden from view and overturns popular stereotypes that continue to generate more heat than light. Jenkins offers a way to read these troubling passages, presents a vital framework for understanding the Bible, and calls believers in every tradition to create a more honest and deeper-rooted faith.
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