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Empire of Sacrifice: The Religious Origins of American Violence

Jon Pahl


It is widely recognized that American culture is both exceptionally religious and exceptionally violent. Americans participate in religious communities in high numbers, yet American citizens also own guns at rates far beyond those of citizens in other industrialized nations. Since 9/11, American scholars have understandably discussed religious violence in terms of terrorist acts, a focus that follows American policy. Yet, according to this book, to identify religious violence only with terrorism fails to address the long history of American violence rooted in religion throughout the country's ... More

Keywords: American culture, religious violence, American violence, American history, terrorism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814767627
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814767627.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Pahl, author