Philip Jenkins delivers a fearless examination of the dark and violent verses of the Bible 14and a call for us to read them anew in pursuit of a richer, more honest faith. From 1Cone of America 19s best scholars of religion 1D (The Economist), LAYING DOWN THE SWORD is a daring exploration of the Scripture 19s most difficult passages forces us to confront and accept the violence that was as integral to the formulation of Christianity 19s message as it was for many other of the world 19s religions, and shows us how a full understanding of the Scripture will allow us to finally move towards a more peaceful, spiritual world.