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Author Smith, Ted A., 1968- author.

Title Weird John Brown : divine violence and the limits of ethics / Ted A. Smith.

Publication Info. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2014.

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Description 1 online resource
Series Encountering traditions
Encountering traditions.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The touchstone -- The fate of law -- Divine violence as the relief of law -- The higher law -- The politics of pardon -- Not yet the end.
Summary Conventional wisdom holds that attempts to combine religion and politics will produce unlimited violence. Concepts such as jihad, crusade, and sacrifice need to be rooted out, the story goes, for the sake of more bounded and secular understandings of violence. Ted Smith upends this dominant view, drawing on Walter Benjamin, Giorgio Agamben, and others to trace the ways that seemingly secular politics produce their own forms of violence without limit. He brings this argument to life-and digs deep into the American political imagination-through a string of surprising reflections on John Brown, t.
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Subject Brown, John, 1800-1859 -- Ethics.
Political violence -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Political violence -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Slavery -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States.
Political theology.
Ethics, Modern.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Smith, Ted A., 1968- Weird John Brown 9780804788502 (DLC) 2014025815 (OCoLC)883304946
ISBN 9780804793452 (electronic bk.)
080479345X (electronic bk.)