When Religion Becomes Evil: Five Warning Signs: Revised and Updated  -     By: Charles Kimball
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When Religion Becomes Evil: Five Warning Signs: Revised and Updated

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"Is religion part of the problem of evil? Kimball answers yes and no. Focusing on Christianity and Islam, he offers five warning signs (e.g., absolute truth claims, calls for blind obedience) of when religion is in danger of becoming corrupt. Extremely informative, well written, and timely. Highly recommended,"---Library Journal. 304 pages, softcover. HarperOne.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 0061552011
ISBN-13: 9780061552014

Publisher's Description

In this thoroughly revised and updated edition, leading religion and Middle East expert Charles Kimball shows how all religious traditions are susceptible to these basic corruptions and why only authentic faith can prevent such evil.

The Five Warning Signs of Corruption in Religion

1. Absolute Truth Claims
2. Blind Obedience
3. Establishing the "Ideal" Time
4. The End Justifies Any Means
5. Declaring Holy War

Author Bio

Charles Kimball is a professor of comparative religion at Wake Forest University. An ordained Baptist minister who received his doctorate from Harvard University in comparative religion with specialization in Islamic studies, Dr. Kimball is the author of three books about religion in the Middle East.

Editorial Reviews

“A wise, perceptive, and fair assessment ... Just the book for today’s and tomorrow’s journey of faith.”
“A bold, powerful, truth-telling analysis of the ways in which religions can become destructive.”
“A great deal of insight ....”
“Kimball’s clear and steady voice provides a helpful guide...”
“As long as there are writers as relentlessly honest as Kimball, there will always be ground for hope...”
“[R]eadable, well researched, well written and compelling.”
“Extremely informative, well written, and timely. Highly recommended.”
“Well-reasoned and focused.”
“Kimball...displays a fair hand in assessing how the world’s leading religions can be used for both good and evil.”
“[T]imely and persuasive . . . . deserves to be widely read.”
“[A] thought-provoking analysis.”
“Kimball is well suited to his task, writing with a perspective forged in experience.”
“Effectively confronts, analyzes and explores the maddeningly diffuse forms of religious impulse...”
“Charles Kimball has uttered a cry that resonates like ‘a fire bell in the night.’ ”
“I cannot imagine a more timely or insightful book for the time in whichwe live.”
“Dr. Kimball writes insightfully and prophetically... The book will inform and stimulate...”
“Required reading for all who would understand the age in which we live.”
“There are few people as uniquely equipped to speak to our need for understanding world religions and faith.”
“Exactly the book that is needed right now.....Clear, passionate, and full of wisdom...”
“A powerful and even-handed moral analysis of the abuses that are found in all major religious traditions.”

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