1st Edition

God and the Gun The Church and Irish Terrorism

By Martin Dillon Copyright 1997
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    In this astonishing and at times terrifying book, acclaimed writer and political commentator Martin Dillon examines for the first time the true role of religion in the conflict in Northern Ireland. He interviewed those directly involved--terrorists like Kenny McClinton and Billy Wright and churchmen like Father Pat Buckley--finding that the terrorists were more forthcoming than the priests and ministers. Dillon charts the history of the paramilitary forces on both sides and exposes the shocking covert role of British intelligence. He finds that, ultimately, both the church and government have failed their communities, allowing men and women of violence to fill a vacuum with bigotry and violence.

    Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 Chronology of Major Events; Chapter 3 The Maniac?; Chapter 4 The Army of God; Chapter 5 Walking with Christ?; Chapter 6 The Battle for Souls; Chapter 7 The Last Confession; Chapter 8 A Maverick Priest?; Chapter 9 A Holy Cause for Holy Men?; Chapter 10 Women at War; Chapter 11 Church and State; Chapter 12 For God and Ulster; Chapter 13 Bigots and Gunmen I: Loyalists; Chapter 14 Bigots and Gunmen II: Republicans; Chapter 15 Reflections;


    Martin Dillon worked for the BBC in Northern Ireland for eighteen years and has won international acclaim for his non-fiction books about Ireland. A writer and producer of documentaries, Dillon has also been featured in news segments on CNN, ABC News, CBC, and National Public Radio, and is often called on as one of the foremost authorities on global terrorism. Dillon is the author of six bestselling books on terrorism in Northern Ireland. He currently resides in New York City.

    "...facinating..." -- Baltimore Sun
    "...several good books within its covers." -- USA Today
    "...likely to become the reference work on the subject." -- Washington Times
    "An important work, containing interviews and material as disturbing as they are significant." -- The Irish Times
    "Martin Dillon is the greatest living authority on Irish terrorism." -- Conor Cruise O'Brien