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A gripping analysis of the mechanism of sacred violence
Humanity at the Crossroads
By synthesizing an astounding array of seemingly discordant examples—from Aztec myths to the Hebrew prophets to Bob Dylan songs—Bailie reveals important truths about cultural rationalizations of violence and points the way towards an evolution of the methodology of power.
Bailie examines how the brutal overthrow of one society by another is always sanctioned and justified by the victors with a notion of sacred or necessary violence.
The pattern of creating a self-justifying order with violence is deeply entrenched in world history, but in this important and enlightening work, Bailie shows us that the human capacity is evolving and that through the development of a truly Christian perspective we will no longer be able to discount the voice of the victim. Eventually the moral persuasion of the victim's voice, like Christ's, will be undeniable and its power will shift the functioning of culture forever.
Reviews and endorsements
“An outstanding, wonderfully written synthesis of cultural history, Scripture, current events, literature and cultural theory . . . The book’s scope, insight into the roots of violence, and final message of redemption and hope reflect a truly innovative Christian cultural critique.”
—The Other Side
“Anyone concerned about the rise of violence and social disintegration in our culture, and who wants to understand what is really happening, must read this book. It's that important.”
"Gil Bailie's theories on violence are based on the kind of sound analysis of current conflicts that easily matches, or betters, today's other intellectual offerings. A rewarding and quietly inspiring work."
—Colman McCarthy, The Washington Post Book World
"The most accessible work of profound cultural criticism from a Christian standpoint that I have read in many years."
—James G. Williams, Theology Today
“Prophetic in its insight, breathtaking in its scope.”
—Dr. Rollo May, author
“The single most important book of social analysis and prophetic theology to appear in our generation.”
—Sam Keen, author of Hymns to an Unknown God
“About once a decade I read a book which profoundly affects the way I see reality. This is such a book.”
—Sandra M. Schneiders, Horizons