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This book explores the strange persistence of 'blasphemy' in modern secular democracies by examining how accepted and prohibited ways of talking and thinking about the Bible and religion have changed over time. In a series of wide-ranging studies engaging disciplines such as politics, literature and visual theory, Yvonne Sherwood brings the Bible into dialogue with a host of interlocutors including John Locke, John Donne and the 9/11 hijackers, as well as artists such as Sarah Lucas and René Magritte. Questions addressed include: What is the origin of the common belief that the Bible, as opposed to the Qur'an, underpins liberal democratic values?What kind of artworks does the biblical God specialise in?If pre-modern Jewish, Christian and Islamic responses to scripture can be more 'critical' than contemporary speech about religion, how does this affect our understanding of secularity, modernity and critique?


'[Sherwood] takes the reader on dizzying excursions through religious studies, biblical studies, postmodern theory, midrash, and straight history, barely pausing to allow us to take a breath. She is truly interdisciplinary in that she enables the different disciplines in her intellectual purview to jar and combine. Above all, it is a work of pleasure, both of writing and of reading.'

Source: Review of Biblical Literature

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