Religion and Violence
A Dialectical Engagement through the Insights of Bernard Lonergan
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Drawing on Lonergan's normative framework, Arcamone explodes the myth that religion and violence are inextricably linked. He challenges studies of religion to move beyond merely empirical accounts to find the beating heart of religion in experiences of transcendent love and meaning. But this is also a challenge to all religions to engage in self-purification to address the distortions that promote violence. Only then can religion be a force for healing in a troubled world."
--Neil Ormerod, Professor of Theology, Australian Catholic University
"Dominic Arcamone takes titans of religious thought--Rene Girard, Charles Taylor, and most significantly, Bernard Lonergan--and brings their insights to bear as he explores the relationship between religion and violence. It is at once an engaging, dialectical, and constructive piece of scholarship in which he examines symbols of cosmic war, martyrdom, demonization, and warrior empowerment. Arcamone's timely work offers a much-needed and highly nuanced framework that enables one to discern between authentic and inauthentic religious claims about violence."
--Rohan Curnow, Academic Registrar, Professor Extraordinarius of Dogmatic Theology, Catholic Institute of Sydney
"Dominic Arcamone tackles the oft-avoided relationship between violence and religion with care, intelligence, and a genuine concern to effectively communicate complex ideas. Addressing the dangerous ideas of the attraction of violence and war and its influence on religious imagination, Religion and Violence critically examines notions of legitimate authority, justice, right intentions, and their cumulative impact on action . . . Religion is the fruit of creativity born from sustained hard work. Truly a book for our times."
--John Francis Collins, Acting Director, Catholic Enquiry Centre, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference