The Quest for Power Religion and Politics pdf free download. Reading Dr. Slipp’s compelling The Quest for Power: Religion and Politics,v I was reminded o f Napoleon Bonaparte’s cynical remarks about using religion for political purposes. Napoleon said, “When one man is dying of hunger while his neighbor has too much to eat, he cannot accept this difference
unless there is an authority which tells him: It is the will of God; there must be poor people and the rich people in the world; but later on, and throughout eternity, the distribution will be done in a different way” (Duverger 1968, p. 174). Napoleon’s suggestion that in order to ease tensions arising from inequality in sharing worldly goods a leader can turn to a divine power could be considered a relatively mild form o f manipulation of collective behavior. Throughout history, however, more often malignant manipulations with tragic consequences have taken place when authorities fueled large-group conflicts with religious passion, as Sam Slipp illustrates herein. When we consider current
The Quest for Power Religion and Politics pdf free download
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