Is religion responsible for the world's violence?

As conflicts rage within Nigeria, Iran, Sudan, Pakistan and on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, we are reminded of the late Samuel Huntington's observation about the world's "bloody borders."

Pixie5

07/24/2012 10:42:17 PM

One more note, the Muslim religion specifically says that all non-Muslim people must either convert or die. Not all Muslims follow that of course, but that is what thier religion teaches.

Pixie5

07/24/2012 10:31:05 PM

Yes Jesus was the "Prince of Peace" but the God of the O.T. was the God of War and Violence. He told his followers to murder, rape and enslave non-Hebrew people. To deny the role of religion in warfare is simply ridiculous. I am not saying all religion is bad, but we ignore the bad parts to our own peril. History can and does repeat itself. Even now we have Christians calling for the death of homosexuals. Is that consistant with what Jesus taught? Of course not. Is it consistent with the O.T.? YES. And then we have Revelation, which almost didn't make it into the Bible. It predicts the slaughter of all non-Christians. Is this consistant with the idea of World Peace? When people say that Christianity is a non-violent religion, you need to ask them what parts of the Bible say that. Because some parts say that, and some parts encourage hatred and violence. It all depends on what parts you decide to believe.

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