Laying Down the Sword by Philip Jenkins
Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses

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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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Philip Jenkins has a joint appointment as the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of the Humanities in history and religious studies at Penn State University and as Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. His books include The Lost History of Christianity, Jesus Wars, and The Next Christendom, and he has published articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.
Published October 25, 2011 by HarperOne. 323 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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