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Experts discourage blaming faith for violence

By Pat Gee

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 04, 2013

~~<p>Religious fanaticism has been cited as a possible motivating factor in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, but fundamentalists who take a literal approach to Scripture are warping theology to justify other needs, said Tamara Albertini, a University of Hawaii associate professor who is writing a book on Islamic philosophy.</p>
<p>&quot;I call it &lsquo;pseudo theology,'&quot; Albertini said. &quot;People who don't have actual training in theology just pick and choose passages (like), &lsquo;Kill the infidels,'&quot; while disregarding the historical context and ignoring passages from the Quran like those that prohibit killing the innocent.</p>
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Religious fanaticism has been cited as a possible motivating factor in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, but fundamentalists who take a literal approach to Scripture are warping theology to justify other needs, said Tamara Albertini, a University of Hawaii associate professor who is writing a book on Islamic philosophy.

"I call it ‘pseudo theology,'" Albertini said. "People who don't have actual training in theology just pick and choose passages (like), ‘Kill the infidels,'" while disregarding the historical context and ignoring passages from the Quran like those that prohibit killing the innocent. Login for more...



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