** Not in God’s Name by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

I was disappointed by Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence because I felt misled by its subtitle: it is not a book about the entangled roots of violence and religion, although the author does discuss them, quickly, in the beginning of the book. It also focuses mostly on violence done to Jews, which is a vast and interesting topic, but it would have been interesting to cover in more detail violence done to and by other religious groups. And finally the bulk of the book is an erudite discussion and analysis of Genesis that points out all kinds of details about the violence that is so prevalent in that famous book — fascinating for some I’m sure but not quite my cup of tea, and in any case I do not think that the average religious person who wants to commit violence first stops to carefully consider what the book says…

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