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In the Name of God by Selina O'Grady

In the Name of God

A History of Christian and Muslim Intolerance

Selina O'Grady

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2 reviews

Category: Religion, Non-fiction
Imprint: Atlantic Books
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication date: 1 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9781786493637

In this groundbreaking book, Selina O'Grady examines how and why the post-Christian and the Islamic worlds came to be as tolerant or intolerant as they are. She asks whether tolerance can be expected to heal today's festering wound between these two worlds, or whether something deeper than tolerance is needed

4 stars out of 5
31 Aug 2019

"A wide-ranging study tests competing claims of tolerance in the world’s major religions"

As O’Grady puts it “monotheistic religion has intolerance built into it” due to its insistence that “My God is the sole true God. Therefore anyone who denies my God by worshipping other gods or by having different views on the nature of my God, is not just wrong but evil.” At the same time, her book would suggest the Christian god who takes on human flesh is more prone to inviting polemics about his nature than the Muslim deity who is seen as being beyond all human comprehension, making believers less prone to religious slaughter in his name.


3 stars out of 5
11 Aug 2019

"O’Grady has plenty of experience in framing and developing an argument"

O’Grady might, as she boasts in her introduction, have succeeded in emancipating herself from her childhood Christianity, but she has not emancipated herself entirely. In her assumptions about the obligations of the entitled towards the disadvantaged, she mistakes the baggage of her cultural inheritance for human nature. Her book, with its instinctive sympathy for those tortured and executed by the powerful, is altogether more Christian, perhaps, than she realises.