Ariel Glucklich, author of Dying for Heaven:Holy Pleasure and Suicide Bombers—Why the Best Qualities of Religion are also Its Most Dangerous, Georgetown professor of religion, and advisor to the U.S. defense community, shows students how the religious values of faith, honor, and self-sacrifice can be turned into dangerous weapons—and he reveals what the true motivations fueling those who perpetrate violence in the name of religion are—and what they aren’t. For instance:
• Religious terrorists are not acting out of a hatred of outsiders. Often, they are attempting to fight internal enemies or “heretics” within their own societies—and sincerely believe they are motivated by love.
• A belief in paradise is not a chief factor in their willingness to die for their cause. In fact, it is more likely a desire for fame, honor, and respect from their peers in the here and now.
Praise for Dying for Heaven:
“This study should be read by policy makers, social scientists, and anyone fascinated with what lies behind the awesome power of religious faith.”—Mark Juergensmeyer, author of Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence