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Believe the Terrorists: Religion, Violence, and the Power of Beliefs

Believe the Terrorists: Religion, Violence, and the Power of Beliefs

Michael Shermer

Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. His new book is The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom (Henry Holt, 2015).

ABSTRACT

Pop quiz: What did the assailants shout after murder- ing 17 people in Paris in January, 2015, including edi- tors and cartoonists of the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo?


A. “Moses rocks!”
B. “Jesus saves!”
C. “Vishnu lives!”
D. “Buddha avenged!” E. “Atheists rule!”
F. “Allahu Akbar!”

 

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Science, Religion and Culture

June

Vol. 5, Sp. Iss. 1 Pages 1-82

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