Religion and Violence 1. Religious Wars Since the awakening of religion, wars have been fought in the name of different gods and goddesses. Still today most violent conflicts contain religious elements linked up with ethno-national, inter-state, economic, territorial, cultural and other issues.
Rachel Woodlock Islam Religion is powerfully motivating and belligerent humans fight over it. Heck, religion has caused conflict even in my diverse and tolerant family.
Taking our daughter to visit her Irish-Catholic relatives, I asked my husband to make sure they didn't give her any pork. Like Jews, Muslims steer clear of anything with an oink. My gentle, peaceable mate, wanting to avoid one of those conversations, said: I gave her some sausages and she ate them right up!
Then again, humans also fight over small bits of compressed carbon, tracts of dirt, addictive mind-altering substances and soccer matches. It's not just religious ideology that causes problems — state-imposed atheism was a defining feature of brutal 20th century regimes led by Stalin, Tito, Mao Zedong, and Pol Pot among others, which resulted in the suffering and murder of millions.
Tens of thousands of Russian Christians alone were executed for their beliefs by atheists intent on purging religion from the Soviet Union.
Yet it's true, religion has been a major feature in some historical conflicts and the most recent wave of modern terrorism. Religion has taken on extra significance today because globalisation is challenging and changing everything. Religious identity not only survives but can take on heightened significance when national and political alliances break apart, as happened in the former Yugoslavia in the early s, when Serbs, Croats and Bosniacs were divided along Orthodox, Catholic and Muslim fault lines.
The Qur'an recognises the human propensity for conflict and gives permission for defensive warfare. Muslim scholars developed a just-war theory although admittedly in the ensuing centuries jihad was also used to further the territorial ambitions of ruthless leaders, just as today it's distorted to justify terrorist bombings.
Like both law and politics, religion can be used to defend the oppressed and to oppress the defenceless. The problem of corrupt religion has attracted the criticism of many prophets and saints. The Qur'an censures religious hypocrites: Among the people there is he whose discourse on the life of the world pleases you, and he calls on God as witness to what is in his heart, yet he is an unyielding and antagonistic adversary.
When he turns and leaves, he walks about corrupting the earth, destroying crops and livestock — God loves not corruption Q2: The verse could well apply to Saddam Hussein, who made a show of praying on television, but gassed and bombed Kurds and was a tyrannical dictator.
Religion, unfortunately, provides a useful cover and powerful motivator for the evil-hearted. That religion can be so markedly different in the hands of the power-hungry, as opposed to the altruistic and virtuous, really says more about human psychology than it does about religion. That's why so many human conflicts unfortunately involve religion.
Antony Loewenstein Judaism Alain de Botton, philosopher and author of Religion for Atheists, is worried about fundamentalism. I think religions are not all bad' has become a dramatically peculiar thing to say," he told British journalist Bryan Appleyard in This is a very odd moment in our culture.
The movement, whose keys figures include Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett, is an ideology that arrogantly celebrates an understanding of everything through supposed reason and proof. It allows little doubt or questioning about the unknown.Hotspots-Middle East.
To learn how to permanently reduce religious-based conflict go to our Welcome Page (Home Page) This area of the world is sizzling. And, there appears to be no end in sight. While religious-based conflict may not be the core reason for the conflicts there in every instance, it surely is, at the very least, a basic influence.
The Role of Religion in Today’s Conflict.1 By Ms. Karen Armstrong As we are all agreed, the conflict between the Muslim world and the West is. Medias role in religous conflicts. Media plays a vital role in our daily lives as it influences the way we view certain situations that are taking place in the world.
Media can be used as a powerful weapon for propagation to the masses or as an essential tool to help us understand. It also helps us to objectively view a current situation. February by David Smock Download Special Report Religion in World Affairs: Its Role in Conflict and Peace [PDF] Summary No major religion has been exempt from complicity in violent conflict.
Yet we need to beware of an almost universal propensity to oversimplify the role that religion plays in international affairs. The Role and Influence of Mass Media Mass media is communication—whether written, broadcast, or spoken—that reaches a large audience.
This includes television, radio, advertising, movies, the Internet, newspapers, magazines, and so forth. OPINION: Religious Conflict. Religion can play an important role in justifying the choices made by individuals and by groups, and this is nowhere more true than in the case of religious conflict.
In order to understand the role played by religion in social conflicts, we need to understand better what religion is, and also how social.