By Thomas Block
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You can hold the gods in your hand, carry death in your purse . . 66 The weapon is a lover’s “red, red lips,” or the alabaster turn of a youthful bosom. It is the tangible proof that there is a God, and that one man or woman can make a difference and achieve mystical meaning in a mundane world. 23 A Fatal Addiction: War in the Name of God No matter how much we talk about war, theorize, understand, quantify, fight against, demand better, march in protest, write letters, gnash our teeth and rend our garments, until we (humans) can honestly face the pure joy of killing in war, we can never come to terms with the institution, let alone begin to cure the illness of state sponsored mass murder.
This mass psychosis is hardly something visible only in our current age. Regina Schwartz provided a look at the Biblical underpinnings for how war, religion and state are inseparable. The Bible’s preoccupation with collective identity was read through the lens of nationalism — God’s chosen people became the chosen nation . . In a disturbing inversion, nationalism was authorized by the once-holy writ. A text that once posited collective identity as an act of God (“I will be your God if you will be my people”) came to posit the collective identity as the fiat of the nation authorized by God (“One nation under God”).
All bow before the supreme effort. We are one. Most of us willingly accept war, as long as we can fold it into a belief system that paints the ensuing suffering as necessary for a higher good, for human beings seek not only happiness, but also meaning. 35 Regardless of what one might wish to believe, war and religious experience are deeply and inextricably entangled. Any person who looks you resolutely in the eye and states, “My religion is a religion of peace,” almost certainly does not have a complete understanding of his or her own religious path.