Religion and war, are they always related with each other?
November 19, 2009 4:23pm CST
Religion divide us all, war does it too. History tells us that when there is a conflict of religion, the result is war. Countless religions wars had occurred in history. Are these two related with each other? Does religion brings good to humankind or divide us and will only cause wars?
• United States
24 Nov 09
I can't really say it is religion that causes war. Usually it is man's flawed perception of his religion and his blinding pride and arrogance that often fuels tensions. Sometimes, in the name of religion, a group would believe another group to be evil because they don't believe exactly as they do and they often seek to exterminate the other. Many religions in their purest form call for people to live at peace, love, and humility with each other.
19 Nov 09
Not all religious conflicts cause wars, and not all causes of war are religious. Wars are waged for economic and idealogical reasons too. Capitalism vs Communism wasn't a religious war, and many other wars are waged for money and resources. The problem with saying "religion causes wars" is, you're also ignoring the good it has done. Anything that causes differences can cause conflicts leading to violence, and religion is no exception. But, well, religion also inspires people to do humanitarian work. Religion is also the basis of our moral code. Look at the now-extinct cannibal cultures: Without a religion that says "Killing and eating people is wrong", that sort of thing happens because it's not considered inappropriate. Religion brings both good AND conflict. People have to learn to accept the differences to prevent conflict from leading to violence. If they can do that, the good will be all that's left.