God and War: The Odd Appeal of War, Are We at War?, and What Does God Have to Do with It?
February 21, 22, 23, 2006. Stafford Little Fund and Princeton University Press
These three lectures address the following questions: What purpose does the concept of war serve in times of social chaos and uncertainty? What is the relationship between violence and religion? and How can the global terror war be contained? Juergensmeyer is director of global and international studies and professor of sociology and religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution, and South Asian religion and politics and has published more than 200 articles and a dozen books. His widely read Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (University of California Press, revised edition 2003) is based on interviews with violent religious activists around the world including individuals convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, leaders of Hamas, and abortion clinic bombers in the United States and was listed by the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best nonfiction books of the year. A previous book, The New Cold War? Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State (University of California Press, 1993), covers the rise of religious activism and its confrontation with secular modernity. It was named by the New York Times as one of the notable books of the year. Since the events of September 11 he has been a frequent commentator in the news media, including CNN, NBC, CBS, BBC, NPR, Fox News, ABC’s Politically Incorrect, and CNBC’s Dennis Miller Show.