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Religion and the History of Violence

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 In her new book, religion scholar Karen Armstrong takes on a question at the heart of today’s geopolitical debates: is religion responsible for violence? For Armstrong, the answer lies in the long view of human nature and the nature of the state. Wednesday, she joins us to explain how impulses like greed and the quest for power begat a warrior code and how that became entangled with religion. Karen Armstrong says we’ve made a scapegoat of faith, and that we live in an era when simple answers won’t do.

Karen Armstrong has written numerous books on religion, including The Case for God [Indiebound|Amazon] and Holy War [Indiebound|Amazon]. Her latest is called Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence [Indiebound|Amazon].