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Richard E. Rubinstein
Reasons to Kill: America's Civil Religion and the Culture of War
Sunday, Jan. 16
Prof. Richard E. Rubenstein, author of When Jesus Became God and an expert on religion and violence and author of the newly published Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War, has good news and bad news to report. The good news is that most Americans will not agree to send their loved ones off to war unless they are convinced that mass violence is morally justified. The bad news is that America's "civil religion" justifies war for a large number of reasons, and that this body of beliefs is now used to sanctify an expanding range of imperial adventures. Examining crucial historical lessons, Rubenstein suggests new ways of thinking about violence, conflict resolution, and the permanent warfare state.
Rubenstein, a professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University near Washington, D.C., is an expert on American foreign policy, religious conflict, terrorism, and methods of resolving serious international and domestic disputes. Educated at Harvard (B.A.); Oxford University (M.A.), where he was a Rhodes Scholar; and Harvard Law School (J.D.), he is the author of eight books, including three about religious conflicts. Rubenstein has lectured throughout the U.S. and Europe, appeared on appeared on numerous radio and television shows and in filmed documentaries discussing these issues.
Copies of Reasons to Kill and When Jesus Became God will be available for sale in the book store and signing by the author.
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