‘Fields of Blood,’ by Karen Armstrong

by Rachel Baker on December 15, 2014

Here’s a review of the new book, Fields of Blood by Karen Armstrong. If you haven’t read any of her work, its incredibly interesting and thought-provoking. She’s an ex-nun and has a unique take religion and history. She’s actually one of the few non-fiction authors that can keep my attention throughout the whole book.

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Just after finishing Karen Armstrong’s new book, I happened to hear a discussion on television about the latest outbreak of violence in the Middle East. “We have to hope that this disagreement stays on the political level, rather than becoming a religious dispute,” one of the experts said. “Political differences can be resolved. Religious ones cannot.”

“Fields of Blood” can be thought of as a long, wide-ranging and overall quite effective rebuttal to the outlook expressed in that comment. “In the West, the idea that religion is inherently violent is now taken for granted and seems self-evident,” Armstrong says on the book’s first page. It follows that the main hope for peace is to keep faith and statecraft separate.

Armstrong, a onetime Roman Catholic nun and the author of several influential works on religion including “A History of God,” argues that this is an incorrect diagnosis leading to a flawed prescription. The page-by-page detail of the book is much of the reason to read it, but if you reduced its complexities and tangles to their essence, they would amount to these three points:

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