The Problem of Christian Violence

Charles K. Bellinger

in The Genealogy of Violence

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195134988
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833986 | DOI:
The Problem of Christian Violence

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If it is the case that the best approach to understanding violence arises out of the Bible, as Kierkegaard and Girard demonstrate, why is it that Christians have been so violent during their history? This chapter offers a brief summary of violent events in the history of Christianity, such as the Crusades and the Inquisition. The ways in which Kierkegaard and Girard enable us to understand these events is outlined. It is argued that both authors are in tune with the Anabaptist approach to interpreting the history of Christianity and ”reintroducing Christianity into Christendom.”

Keywords: Crusades; Inquisition; Persecution of Anabaptists; Sacrificial Christianity; Violence by Christians

Chapter.  7256 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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