Experts in three disciplines—psychology, theology, and politics—examine martyrdom in thoughtful and thought-provoking chapters.
Martyrdom is a controversial and disputed concept. Just as religion is often hijacked by politics, martyrdom is frequently ascribed to a narrow, partisan, and parochial foundation. This is the first book to present varied views on the topic of martyrdom, reaching beyond cliches and simplistic explanations to provoke deep consideration of the essential nature of human beings and society. The volume's authors—experts in the disciplines of psychology, theology, and politics—examine martyrdom in thoughtful and thought-provoking chapters. A closing conversation between the authors is designed to inspire further discourse and debate.
Readers engaged in the exploration of social justice, conflict, psychology, religion, and the politics of memory will find this book unique and stimulating. The authors have appeared on public television and public radio, as well as ABC, CBS, and NBC news and discussion programs.
Preface Introduction A Literary Preamble by Collin Owens The Psychology of Martyrdom by Rona Fields The Politics of Martyrdom by Valerie Rosoux The Theology of Martyrdom by Michael Berenbaum and Reuven Firestone Conversations Index Biographies Figures :
The Frontal Lobes
The Memory Circuit
Circuits Mediating Imagination and Affective Memory
The Appraisal System
Reviews [L]ocates motivating factors such as revenge and aggression in a primitive portion of the brain supporting a Darwinian basis for some acts of martyrdom in cultures motivated more by hate of others than love of higher values....Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.—Choice
Endorsements A very timely and authoritative work with content that ranges from memory and neuropsychology to the social psychology of violence. The contributors present comprehensive and readable syntheses of the subject from the perspectives of their respective disciplines. The final section, a Conversation, presents a stimulating cross-disciplinary analysis of the subject matter that helps to provide a meaningful integration of the theoretical and research finding.—Charles D. Spielberger^LDirector, Center for Research in Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology^LUniversity of South Florida
Very engaging, important and topical. Martyrdom is enlightened from many perspectives....—Dr Karmela Belinki, Ph.D.^LBroadcasting Producer^LFinnish Broadcasting Company