The connection between honor/shame and violence, war, and bloodshed is something I explore extensively in my book, The Global Gospel. I pull no punches concerning the truly dark and demonic side of honor and shame as it is explained in the Bible—and represented in world history and current events. (I also write in-depth on the gospel of Jesus as the cure.)
I am offering a free two-chapter excerpt from The Global Gospel. These two short chapters will help you understand the connection between shame and violence. To download this excerpt, click here.
The two chapters are:
Chapter 5: Does It Hurt or Does It Heal? This chapter deals with the fact that guilt is more likely to lead to healing behavior, whereas shame is more likely to lead to hurtful behavior. Plus … What does this imply for Christian ministry? / A missing piece in Reformed theology? / Shame is experienced in different ways / The need to cure both guilt and shame
Chapter 6: The Pathology of Shame in Our World: This chapter explores the incredibly significant role of shame in world history and current events … Shame as fuel for genocide in Nazi Germany / Shame as fuel for terrorism in the Muslim world / Honor-based violence in the family unit / Is all shame bad? / Nathanson’s Compass of Shame—four poles—1) Attack self, 2) Attack other, 3) Avoidance, 4) Withdrawal.
These two chapters are not all I have in The Global Gospel about the powerful link between shame and bloodshed—along with how the Bible addresses this sinful pathology. In fact, I estimate it is only about 20 percent of what I have to say on the subject. But this two-chapter excerpt will get you started.