Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses (Paperback)
Philip Jenkins, the author of The Lost History of Christianity, Jesus Wars, and The Next Christendom, is the Distinguished Professor of History and member of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. He has published articles and op-ed pieces in The Wall Street Journal, New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe and has been a guest on top national radio shows across the country.
“A provocative and timely comparison of the legacies of violence in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. With verve and sweeping insight, Jenkins challenges all of our stereotypical assumptions about religion, bloodshed, and terror.” — Thomas S. Kidd, author of God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution
“This book is a wonderful example of the kind of rigorous work Christians must do if they are to retain intellectual credibility.” — Patrick Allitt, The American Conservative
“Jenkins has outdone himself. This is by far the best piece of work he has ever done, dealing with one of the most controversial issues Christians struggle with day-in and day-out.” — Tony Campolo