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Religion and violence a primer for white Americans. by Robert McAfee Brown

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Published by Stanford Alumni Association in Stanford, Calif .
Written in English


  • Violence -- Religious aspects -- Christianity

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Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. 104-112.

SeriesThe Portable Stanford
LC ClassificationsBT736.15 .B76 1973b
The Physical Object
Paginationxv, 112 p.
Number of Pages112
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5436851M
LC Control Number73085363

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