In Dying for Heaven, Georgetown scholar and advisor to the defense community Ariel Glucklich explains the religious motivation of terrorism. This provocative work of political science argues that the very best qualities of religion—its ability to make people feel good and bring them together—are in fact its most dangerous. Glucklich, author of Sacred Pain and Climbing Chamundi Hill, offers a new understanding of religion and provides a vision for preventing further religiously-inspired violence.
In Dying for Heaven, Ariel Glucklich argues against the misconception that religious terrorists fight their enemies out of hatred. Rather, it is the positive aspects of religion that inspire the most heinous actions.
Religious self-destructiveness and nuclear deterrence -- The mysteries of pleasure -- The varieties of religious pleasure -- The school for happiness -- Disgust and desire: why we sacrifice for the group -- God's love and the Prozac effect -- Spiritual love and the seeds of annihilation -- The paradise paradox: the misery of heaven-addicts -- The martyr's theater.