Ashoka’s Dilemma: An empire that relies on the most modern weapons is the best way to keep peace. (ARMSTRONG, 71)
Eschatology: The part of theology concerned with death, judgment, heaven and hell.
Establishment Clause: government cannot prefer or use tax revenues to support or participate in the affairs of any religious institution.
Free Exercise Clause: government cannot pressure individuals to forego a religious practice unless there is a compelling state interest and the burden is narrowly tailored.
History: Stories of the past recited to shape present reality. Secular historians hope that past mistakes will not be repeated.
Horse feathers: nonsense, balderdash
Irenic: Use of reason to support pacifism and religious conciliation among Christians.
Irredentism: reclaiming or re-occupying land based on ethnic or historic connections, often religious.
Sufism: the inner or esoteric version of Islam. Often ascetic, mystical and non-violent.
Syncretism: merger of several discrete traditions to find an underlying unity of belief and practice.