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Patterns of Abrahamic Incrimination

Marc Gopin

in Holy War, Holy Peace

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195146509
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195146506.003.0004
Patterns of Abrahamic Incrimination

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Begins with a discussion of the processes of “othering” (the need to distinguish and exclude) and incrimination that are adopted both by religions and as a basic human psychological trait. “Othering” and incrimination comprise a constant source of conflict generation in human intercourse and have been particularly damaging in the history of the Abrahamic religions (Islam, Judaism, and Christianity). The various options of religious traditions within the evolutionary process of confrontation with the “other” are then listed and further discussed. These are continued incrimination; increased incrimination; denial of incrimination and apologetics as a moderation of othering; hard rejection of past interpretations and an end to othering; soft rejection of the past, and historical contextualization; and pious transformation of old cognitive constructs as an end to othering – remythification. The latter is discussed in the context of the Jerusalem Religious Peace Agreement (the Islamic/Jewish treaty).

Keywords: Abrahamic religions; Christianity; conflict; exclusion; incrimination; Islam; Judaism; mythification; othering; remythification

Chapter.  18322 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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