When Religion Becomes Evil Top Religion Book of Publishers WeeklyThe Five Warning Signs of Corruption in Religion Absolute Truth Claims Blind Obedience Establishing the Ideal Time The End Justifies Any Means Declaring Holy

  • Title: When Religion Becomes Evil
  • Author: Charles Kimball
  • ISBN: 9780060556105
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback
  • Top Religion Book of 2002 Publishers WeeklyThe Five Warning Signs of Corruption in Religion Absolute Truth Claims Blind Obedience Establishing the Ideal Time The End Justifies Any Means Declaring Holy War

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    1. Charles Kimball

      Dr Charles Kimball is professor of comparative religion in the Department of Religion and the Divinity School at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC During the 2006 fall term, he was the Rita and William Bell Visiting Professor at The University of Tulsa Dr Kimball is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and holds the M.Div degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary An ordained Baptist minister, he received his Th.D from Harvard University in the comparative religion with specialization in Islamic studies.Dr Kimball s courses at Wake Forest include Introduction to Religion, Religions of the World, Conceptions of the Afterlife, and Islam He is a frequent lecturer in universities and church related settings as well as an expert analyst on issues related to the Middle East, Islam, Jewish Christian Muslim relations, and the intersection of religion and politics in the United States.Before joining the Wake Forest faculty in 1996, Dr Kimball taught for six years at Furman University where he also served as the Director for International Education From 1983 1990 he was the Director of the Middle East Office at the National Council of Churches, based in New York He has made than 35 visits to the Middle East and worked closely with Congress, the White House and the State Department during the past 20 years.His articles have appeared in a number of publications, including Sojourners, The Christian Century, The Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Atlanta Journal Constitution and The Boston Globe He is the author of four books, including When Religion Becomes Evil HarperSanFrancisco, 2002 When Religion Becomes Evil was named one of the Top 15 Books on Religion for 2002 by Publishers Weekly and one of the top ten books of the year by the Association of Parish Clergy It has been published in Swedish, Indonesian, Korean and Danish translations His three other books are Striving Together A Way Forward in Christian Muslim Relations Orbis Books , Religion, Politics and Oil The Volatile Mix in the Middle East Abingdon Press , and Angle of Vision Christians and the Middle East Friendship Press.Since the Sept 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Dr Kimball has been interviewed by than 500 TV and radio stations as well as major newspapers and broadcast outlets throughout the U.S Canada, Great Britain, France, Sweden, Australia and South Africa.

    624 thoughts on “When Religion Becomes Evil”

    1. A very forthright account of the dangers of religion to the human condition. There are many fine examples by this person of faith (he is a Baptist minister) that illustrate how religion can corrode its members and the society around them. The points are so good that if you are a person of no faith you likely will remain that way. The author is convinced (as most of us are) that since 9/11 we must pay closer attention to what is happening in our religious communities. Unlike the author I am not [...]

    2. Clear simple explanations of what entails fanaticism. Being able to discuss this kind of thing, I feel is important to combating terrorism. Oddly I think these are things you should discuss with children between eight and ten years of age, as they grow into being teenagers they are too susceptible to lunatics. Having the knowledge that separates belief from fanaticism before they get to that age I feel is crucial to reducing fanaticism and terrorism.

    3. Charles Kimball is an ordained Baptist preacher with a kaleidoscopic world view. He has the experience, through his work with the World Council of Churches, to speak authoritatively on this subject. He addresses home-grown errant religious groups, as well as international ones. This book is an easy read on a fascinating topic. Besides having a really great title, it is sure to generate discussion among those who read it.

    4. I have to say, I’m a pretty skeptical person, especially when it comes to religion, so when I began reading Kimball’s book and was informed of his extensive background and close ties to his Baptist Christian faith, I became apprehensive. However, as I continued reading, it became clear to me how Kimball’s history and experience with religion helped him reach the conclusions he comes to in When Religion Becomes Evil and his experience allows him to speak with authority of all the topics he [...]

    5. I remember this author coming to my college to give a lecture not long after 9/11. It is not only an intelligent but earnest discourse but he is a professor and also an ordained Baptist minister and has traveled widely; so, he is speaking from education as well as experience. In this book he writes about the three desert/Abrahamic/monotheistic religions as being essentially of the same tradition and the potential for interfaith dialogue. He outlines their history and also talks about how the fun [...]

    6. This was a fresh breath of air when it comes to critical thinking concerning religion.Rarely do I read a critical analysis on the affect of religion on society that respects each religion that is put under the microscope (including the author's own) while not pulling any punches on the disasters of "absolute truth" claims, cultish authoritative figures and the oppressive mix of politics and religion.The only criticism I have is that the author promoted religious pluralism, which I personally agr [...]

    7. I was skeptical of reading this book. I figured it would just be another one of those religious nonfiction texts that my mom is always reading. I wasnt pleasantly surprised to find that this is not the case. Kimball is a very fair and objective narrator with a wealth of knowledge of world religions. The book does an excellent job highlighting what Kimball sees as the root cause of evil deeds committed in the name of religion. He also keeps the book from becoming to drenched in religious terminol [...]

    8. Wonderful observations by a minister, trained in the Southern Baptist tradition, about the dangers in absolute theology in religion. Having served in the religious studies of many universities he is intimately knowledgeable & specializes in Islamic studies. He examines the role of religion in the world and when it defects from its original purpose. While he claims that religion is basically necessary and positive, he ascribes several warning signs for when religions can become dangerous.

    9. I love the message of this book - acceptance, tolerance, and intelligence are the solutions to preventing evil being done for the sake of religion. And I love that this message is being taught by a Christian minister who is encouraging people to THINK about what they believe and why. That being said, this is geared for the general public; those with backgrounds in religion/history are probably already aware of these issues.

    10. I really like the book and would recommend anyone to read it. The author is very fair in dealing with all religions and I don't think his take was skewed unfairly to any one side. It really helped me think about issues such as war, religion, and how to reconcile with those of other religions. I really agree with how he presents his arguments and it helped me to reconcile some questions of faith. Great book!

    11. Despite the dramatic book title, this is a rather even-handed treatment of religion. Both the good and the bad are covered; the Crusades, September 11, the evolution of 'jihad', going to war for peace, and many other issues are examined. The author's points are made via interesting anecdotes, references to and quotations of multiple holy texts and references to more scientific sources. Definitely worth reading.

    12. There was some good stuff in this book, and I love where Kimball is trying to go regarding the subject of multi-faith peace, but I think it was written a little softly. Kimball, an ordained Baptist minister, seemed to go out of his way for the sake of accommodation. Something I don't think is needed even when writing about such a sensitive subject.

    13. Kimbal memaparkan pandangannya yang luas dan menelaah berbagai masalah yang dihadapi berbagai agama di dunia berdasarkan pengalamannya yang sangat banyak dalam mempelajari masyarakat beragama di berbagai tempat, khususnya timur tengah.Wajib untuk dibaca bagi yang ingin mengerti lebih dalam kenapa agama kadang, bahkan sering, menimbulkan bencana bukannya perdamaian.

    14. Kimball's analysis speaks to the heart of the issues across all religions when it comes to the manipulation of them. Great book, sometimes too academic. I didn't agree with all assumptions mades but over a fascinating book.

    15. if only humankind would stop trying to convert others to their particular faith. There is no absolute proof any one faith is the correct for all humanity. So many deaths of innocents, so many wars. The ends do not justify the means

    16. A breath of fresh air! Charles Kimball maybe one of the greatest Christian thinkers of our age. His wealth of knowledge and understanding shine light onto a rather prickly subject. Come into this book knowing that you may be wrong.

    17. I was disappointed with this book. I wanted it to be better and more understandable. I felt like there were a lot of words to make points I usually could not find.

    18. Uncompromising understanding of world issues through the eyes of religion. A must read to understand the disasters that can come from pitting one faith against another.

    19. A good starter but not enough information. Articulate, but not enough evidence to support the author's examples. May be good for high school research. Wouldn't use it for Debate Team or Theology.

    20. Neo liberal view of relativist ridden religion.Some worthwhile points I guess. Certainly some interesting and eye opening anecdotes

    21. Finished it in a night, only 240 pages, really interesting read on the danger of religion to the human condition.

    22. This is a good review of why Christianity must cooperate with other religions to promote world peace. It shows what Christianity has in common with Judaism and Islam.

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