Special Issue "The Reality of Religious Violence in the Bible"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Hector Avalos

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Iowa State University, 403 Catt Hall, 2224 Osborn Drive, Ames, Iowa 50011, USA
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Interests: religious violence; biblical ethics; health care in the ancient world; film and religion; ancient slavery

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Is there such a thing as religious violence? The reality of religious violence has been contested vigorously, particularly since 9-11, by William Cavanaugh, author of The Myth of Religious Violence (2009) and others.

In general, those who deny the reality of religious violence argue that there is no discrete entity that we can distinguish as “religion,” and so no act, including violence, can be called “religious.” Instead, violence is caused by the nationalistic, economic, political and other aspects of a culture that use the idiom of “religion” to express at least part of their agenda.

This journal issue would be devoted to supporting the existence of “religion” as a useful analytic category to establish the reality of religious violence in the Bible. The articles will also address the objections posed by those who deny that religious violence exists. The ethical problems with the apologies for biblical violence will be integrated into the larger issue about the real existence of religious violence.

Given the focus on biblical texts, this journal issue assembles a group of scholars who can address different themes or texts that have played a significant role in violence. The articles are organized by the groups of victims of religious violence, proceeding from the broadest categories (e.g., genocide) to more discrete subsets (e.g., women, children, immigrants) without neglecting the fact that our eco-system, consisting of plants and animals, can also be a victim.

In each case, the authors discuss the violence within the context of theological premises and beliefs that were necessary and/or sufficient to execute that violence.  Even when any act of violence did not happen historically, the authors would explore the endorsement of the idea of violence against the victims.

Prof. Dr. Hector Avalos
Guest Editor

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  • Violence in the Bible
  • biblical violence
  • biblical ethics
  • genocide
  • violence against children
  • animal ethics
  • violence against women
  • biblical roots of modern violence

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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