The Devil You Know
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Num Pages: 330 pages. BIC Classification: HRAM2; HRAX; HRC; JFSR; JKV. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Weight in Grams: 567. . 2016. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781633881501
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Noting the violent biblical passages often cited by religious conservatives, their sense of righteousness, their dogmatic mindset that tolerates no dissent, and their support for harshly punitive measures toward ?sinners,? Peterson Sparks shows that their worldview is the ideal seedbed for violence. Not only does this mindset make violent reactions in interpersonal conflicts more likely, the author says, but it exacerbates the problems of the criminal justice system by advocating policies that create high incarceration rates. The author also devotes particular attention to the victimization of women, children, and LGBT people, which follows from this rigid belief system.
While not resorting to a blanket condemnation of Christianity or religion as a whole, Peterson Sparks issues a wake-up call regarding conservative Christianity?s toxic mixture of fundamentalism, authoritarian politics, patriotism, and retributory justice.
About the Author: Elicka Peterson Sparks is associate professor of criminology and director of the honors program in the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University. In addition to scholarly articles and contributions to textbooks in criminology, she is coauthor of the forthcoming book Behind Closed Doors: Love and Violence in the United States with Kit Gruelle. Her work has been cited in the New York Times and she has consulted on several documentaries, including Blind Spot: Murder by Women and HBO?s Private Violence.
Title: The Devil You Know
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