Review: Karen Armstrong’s ‘Fields of Blood’

November 3, 2014 2:23 PM

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Review: Karen Armstrong’s ‘Fields of Blood’

The recent rise of religious images in political conflict around the globe has led to a surprising religiophobia, as if religion itself were inherently violent. To this simplistic point of view, Karen Armstrong has written an elegant and powerful response.

Fields of Blood is not just a defense of religion but also an exploration of the relation between religion and the history of violence over the centuries. It is a book erudite and accurate, dazzling in its breadth of knowledge and historical detail. Though it does not give all of the answers to the ...

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