“Blasphemy has in so short a space of time suddenly returned to become an extremely combustible part of modern life.” (p. 1) David Nash is right. After what has become known as the ‘Danish Cartoon Wars’ blasphemy, “the attacking, wounding and damaging of religious belief”, has reemerged from the Dark Ages into our modern world. The author has provided us with a readable book about the history, the actors, the victims and reactions on blasphemy, but unfortunately with too many details.
Nash starts with a broad view of modern blasphemy. The Netherland play an important role in his discourse. Nash stayed several times in Holland for study and lecturing. He mentions well known figures from Dutch society, like Ayaan Hirshi Ali, Theo van Gogh, Pim Fortuin and many more. Unfortunately some annoying errors have not been corrected: ‘Pym’ instead of ‘Pim’ and cardinal ‘Adrianis’ instead of ‘Adrianus’.
Doorgaan met lezen “Blasphemy in the Christian World”