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God and the Gun: The Church and Irish Terrorism

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This book is the first of its kind to examine the role of religion in Northern Ireland by talking directly to those involved: to the churchmen and to the terrorists. It shows how religious conditioning and history lead inexorably to political violence. It asks Roman Catholic and Protestant paramilitaries how they can reconcile murder with their Christian convictions, and w ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published February 13th 1998 by Routledge (first published November 10th 1997)
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Sam
Sep 21, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This book looks at the relationship between the paramilitaries, both Protestant and Catholica, in Northern Ireland and their relationship with their respective churches. Dillon uses a series of interviews with both paramilitaries and clergymen to illustrate the different views and opinions with some indicating a close relationship between the church and the paramilitary while others show a more strained relationship based on the politics of the region rather than religious conviction.

Although th
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Kirk Morrison
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For my money Dillon has bee the most effective writer covering the Troubles of Northern Ireland. The fact that the diehards on either side of the divide seem to have it in for him, suggests that he is hitting the right chord. In this book Dillon explores the role of actual religious practice and clergy involved in the Troubles and points out how they've alternately failed and provide hope for a better future. A very rewarding read.
Adam
Sep 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
I've more Scottish blood in my veins than anything, and claim the Clan Mackenzie as part of my family's roots. Remember that lakeside castle in the beginning of the first Highlander movie (before the series got crappy), just before the main character gets run through by a barbarian's sword and finds out from Sean Connery that he's immortal? What?!? You've never seen it? Get off your duff and go rent the thing, for Pete's sake. That's the Mackenzie Castle, that is. In some distant, almost ridicul ...more
Sharon
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Since I have never understood completely the Troubles in Ireland, I thought this book, containing interviews and commentary by the author, would help me understand at least some of the problems. I came away more confused than when I began....Catholic vs. Protestant vs. Presbyterian, the IRA vs. the Brits, and so many splinter groups that I could not draw connections between any of them.
Wallace
Nov 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Expected better, given martin Dillon's journalistic background, but this was a very disappointing read, with Mr Dillon failing utterly, in my opinion, to examine or prove his thesis of God and the Gun, The Church and Irish terrorism.
John Kelley
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
An informative account of the Struggles, but the text did not seem to flow and made reading tough.
Mylinda Mayfield Lawhun
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A highly detailed book regarding the role of religion in the Northern Ireland conflict BKA The Troubles. A greatly informative, provocative read.
Hunter Marston
Dec 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible portrait of Irish fighters and clerics in the midst of this bloody war. Dillon goes right for the source, and it'll give you chills he comes so close to the gore.
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Author and journalist from Northern Ireland.

He worked for eighteen years at the BBC and has written a number of plays and novels, but he is best known for his non-fiction books about the Troubles.

He gained particular acclaim for his book on the Shankill Butchers, although this and other works on terrorism lead to him receiving death threats from a number of terrorist groups, which resulted in his
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