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by Jonathan Sacks (Hodder & Stoughton, £20)Not In God's Name Throughout history religion and violence have often gone hand-in-hand. Thus the age-old question of whether religion is the cause of violence, or a vehicle for its exercise. Neither—or, perhaps, a little of both—says former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in his new book. Drawing on psychology, philosophy and evolutionary biology, the original and fascinating early chapters analyse the “othering” that leads to violence between groups with differing identities—an expression of survival instinct, says Sacks. He argues that religion has played a prominent role in…

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