Skip to content

Your Cart


You have 0 items in your cart.

Register Sign in Wishlist

The Religious in Responses to Mass Atrocity
Interdisciplinary Perspectives

$45.99 (C)

Jennifer L. Geddes, Arne Grøn, Peter Dews, Antony Duff, Thomas Brudholm, Nigel Biggar, John Torpey, Daniel Philpot, Thomas Cushman, Bryan Turner
View all contributors
  • Date Published: November 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107624757

$ 45.99 (C)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • A peculiar and fascinating aspect of many responses to mass atrocities is the creative and eclectic use of religious language and frameworks. Some crimes are so extreme that they “cry out to heaven,” drawing people to employ religious vocabulary to make meaning of and to judge what happened, to deal with questions of guilt and responsibility, and to re-establish hope and trust in their lives. Moreover, in recent years, religious actors have become increasingly influential in worldwide contexts of conflict-resolution and transitional justice. This collection offers a critical assessment of the possibilities and problems pertaining to attempts to bring religious – or semi-religious – allegiances and perspectives to bear in responses to the mass atrocities of our time: When and how can religious language or religious beliefs and practices be either necessary or helpful? And what are the problems and reasons for caution or critique? In this book, a group of distinguished scholars explore these questions and offer a range of original explanatory and normative perspectives.

    • Focuses on philosophical/normative approaches to religious responses to mass atrocity
    • Includes empirical studies of religious responses to mass atrocity
    • As a whole non-partisan; neither devoted to the promotion of religion nor to its disappearance
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "With essays of tremendous depth and thoughtfulness, this volume adds significantly to the contemporary conversation about religion and violence. Highly recommended." --Choice

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107624757
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Between Necessity and Impossibility: The Role of Religion in the Face of Atrocity:
    1. Religious rhetoric in responses to atrocity Jennifer L. Geddes
    2. The limit of ethics - the ethics of the limit Arne Grøn
    3. The intolerability of meaning: myth, faith and reason in philosophical responses to moral atrocity Peter Dews
    Part II. Does it Help to Import Religious Ideas? Reflections on Punishment, War and Forgiveness:
    4. Can we punish the perpetrators of atrocities? Antony Duff
    5. On the advocacy of forgiveness after mass atrocities Thomas Brudholm
    6. The ethics of forgiveness and the doctrine of just war: a religious view of righting atrocious wrongs Nigel Biggar
    Part III. Sociologies of the Religious in Responses to Mass Atrocities:
    7. Making whole: the ethics and politics of 'coming to terms with the past' John Torpey
    8. When faith meets history: the influence of religion on transitional justice Daniel Philpot
    9. Genocidal rupture and performative repair in global civil society: reconsidering the discourse of apology in the face of mass atrocity Thomas Cushman
    10. Violence, human rights and piety: cosmopolitanism versus virtuous exclusion Bryan Turner.

  • Editors

    Thomas Brudholm, University of Copenhagen

    Thomas Cushman, Wellesley College, Massachusetts


    Jennifer L. Geddes, Arne Grøn, Peter Dews, Antony Duff, Thomas Brudholm, Nigel Biggar, John Torpey, Daniel Philpot, Thomas Cushman, Bryan Turner

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.