Martyrdom: The Psychology, Theology, And Politics Of Self-sacrifice

Hardcover | March 31, 2004

byRona M. Fields

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Martyrdom is a controversial and disputed concept. Just as religion is often hijacked by politics, martyrdom is frequently ascribed to a narrow, partisan, and parochial foundation. This is the first book to present varied views on the topic of martyrdom, reaching beyond cliches and simplistic explanations to provoke deep consideration of the essential nature of human beings and society. The volume's authors--experts in the disciplines of psychology, theology, and politics--examine martyrdom in thoughtful and thought-provoking chapters. A closing "conversation" between the authors is designed to inspire further discourse and debate. Readers engaged in the exploration of social justice, conflict, psychology, religion, and the politics of memory will find this book unique and stimulating. The authors have appeared on public television and public radio, as well as ABC, CBS, and NBC news and discussion programs.

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Martyrdom is a controversial and disputed concept. Just as religion is often hijacked by politics, martyrdom is frequently ascribed to a narrow, partisan, and parochial foundation. This is the first book to present varied views on the topic of martyrdom, reaching beyond cliches and simplistic explanations to provoke deep consideration ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.54 × 6.48 × 0.78 inPublished:March 31, 2004Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275979938

ISBN - 13:9780275979935

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?[L]ocates motivating factors such as revenge and aggression in a primitive portion of the brain supporting a Darwinian basis for some acts of martyrdom in cultures motivated more by hate of others than love of higher values....Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.??Choice