The LIBRARY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE is pleased to announce the
addition of two papers to its Website collection of STUDIES ON THE
PSYCHOLOGY OF WAR, GENOCIDE AND TERRORISM.
"Violence and the Sacred-Revisited," Part I, by Ramon Lopez-Reyes, Ph. D.
"But why does God, at least a patriarchal deity, require a blood sacrifice?
The answer lays hidden in Yahweh's "covenant with creation." He not only
promises Noah "never again to destroy every living thing as I have done" but
He also gives to humans all the beasts of the earth, every bird of the air
and all the fish of the sea. "Every moving thing that lives shall be food
for you. I have given you all things, even the green herbs."
In return for not destroying humanity and for the gift of
creatures, Yahweh demands an onerous reckoning: a lifeblood reckoning. If
God is a giver, He is also a deadly reaper. In brief, the lifeblood offering
flows from human fear of God's power and belief that His rage can be
deterred only by the precious offer of holy lifeblood. The covenant operates
under the maxim: blood stays God's wrath and human prosperity flourishes."
"The Logic of the Holocaust: Why the Nazis Killed the Jews," by Richard A.
Koenigsberg, Ph. D.
"Nazism, then, revolved around the idea that Germany was an actual body
whose life was endangered by the presence of foreign cells within its
bloodstream. The Final Solution represented a systematic effort to remove
these alien cells from within the body politic, thereby destroying the
source of the nation's disease and saving its life.
This was the central fantasy contained within Hitler's ideology:
That Germany was an actual organism containing Jewish bacteria and viruses
whose removal was necessary if the nation was to survive. However, what is
the meaning of this extraordinary idea? Nations are not bodies and Jews are
not bacteria. Why did these metaphors resonate with the German people? Let
us approach this question by viewing Nazism as a religion."
We welcome comments and discussions of the essays on the LIBRARY
OF SOCIAL SCIENCE website.
We are expanding the essay section of the website, and INVITE
CONTRIBUTIONS of 1,000 to 3,000 words in length on the psychology of war,
genocide, and terrorism.
Please send your ideas or proposals to Jay H. Bernstein, Ph.D.,
Library of Social Science
92-30 56th Avenue, Suite 3-E, Elmhurst, NY 11373, USA
Richard A. Koenigsberg, Ph. D., Director
Jay H. Bernstein, Ph.D., Executive Director. Telephone: 1-718-393-1104
Mei Ha Chan, Associate Director. Telephone: 1-718-393-1075
Website for LIBRARY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
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