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Holy War
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War as the resistance of one’s orderly world to an alien and dangerous nonworld has always been integrated into religion. It is only recently that there have been real “secular” wars, and the term “holy war” raises problems not merely in relation to Israel (§1). Warlike acts are often accompanied by ritual acts, and in many religions (e.g., Islam) war is also the theme of theoretical religious reflection. In fact, wars are seldom exclusively or even predominantly religiously motivated. In Israel, where war could be differentiated from ordinary marauding (see 1 Sam. 21:5), it was self-…

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Stolz, Fritz, “Holy War”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 09 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_H267>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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