Dying for Heaven

Dying for Heaven

Holy Pleasure and Suicide Bombers-- Why the Best Qualities of Religion Are Also Its Most Dangerous

Book - 2009 | 1st ed
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In Dying for Heaven, Georgetown scholar and advisor to the defense community Ariel Glucklich explains the religious motivation of terrorism. This provocative work of political science argues that the very best qualities of religion--its ability to make people feel good and bring them together--are in fact its most dangerous. Glucklich, author of Sacred Pain and Climbing Chamundi Hill, offers a new understanding of religion and provides a vision for preventing further religiously-inspired violence.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061430817
Branch Call Number: 201.76332 GLU 2009
Characteristics: 345 p. ; 24 cm

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BPLNextBestAdults May 15, 2013

Growing up, our world was safe because no one was suicidal. The Russians wouldn’t nuke us, because we could nuke them. But what if one’s faith in the afterlife outweighs one’s fear? Glucklich”s research in the psychology of religion leads him to observe that religion makes us happy. He spends time philosophizing about happiness, pleasure and their origins I enjoyed his clear explanations, the analysis and the classification of concepts. It was slow going, because there was something to consider in each paragraph. Also, he doesn’t take himself too seriously. As in life, the reward of reading the book is in the path taken, the ideas considered. Unfortunately, the path grows faint at times and the solution he suggests was disappointing. ik

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