But does history support this, or not i have been able to find several authoritative works on the topic, most by neutral historians, and they generally give similar answers about 6-10% of all wars considered have significant or predominantly religious causes religion was a component in many wars, but the. This is a question probably impossible to answer in its general form it is unlikely that all wars in recorded human history have been caused solely by religion, but it is also the case that there are many wars in which religion may have been a contributory factor in the conflict to disprove that all wars were caused by religion,. Many people feel that the world would be better off without religion we can understand their sentiments when we consider that modern times have seen large-s. Question: if believing in a god or gods is good, then why is so much pain and suffering caused by religion—like the crusades, suicide bombings, etc, etc answer: this is a question we hear very often, and there are a number of ways of approaching the issue i'd like to try a scientific approach the position is that religion. Pot for over 2 million—the list goes on and on but none of these despots were motivated by religion whether or not most wars are caused by religion is something that can be statistically measured and when the figures are counted, it turns out that, contrary to commonly held opinion, very few wars are religious centuries. By extension it is often employed to characterize any civil war whose stakes are as much confessional as political two sets of questions are of particular interest to us: (1) what role does religion play in explaining the origin and character of the early-modern civil wars to what extent can we really distinguish between wars.
Richard dawkins an evolutionist, and agnostic, states that “religion causes wars by generating certainty” (thacker) when he implies certainty in his quote, does he mean that this is a fact he is certain of, or can he provide proper evidence war and conflict is a characteristic nature of man it was around before religion ever. Moreover, the number of lives lost during true religious conflicts does not compare to the number lost during atheistic regimes – a fact showcased in r j rummel's work lethal politics and death by government: religion cause wars rummel says, almost 170 million men, women and children have been shot, beaten. Nor is the claim attributed to him”that religion as such causes wars”addressed except indirectly by martin, whose interest is whether christianity causes wars this is no small question, but it does not meet the thrust of dawkins' assertion or the assumptions about all forms of religion that can be read through. A religious war or holy war (latin: bellum sacrum) is a war primarily caused or justified by differences in religion in the modern period, debates are common over the extent to which religious, economic, or ethnic aspects of a conflict predominate in a given war according to the encyclopedia of war, out of all known/recorded.
Richard dawkins, britain's best-known atheist, has argued that religion has been the main cause of violence and war throughout history he wrote in his 2013 autobiography that “religion is the principal label, and the most dangerous one, by which a 'they', as opposed to a 'we' can be identified dawkins. Was how one angry caller responded to a phone-in on radio 5 live last week about the proportion of religious and non-religious people in our country we only have to think of isis in syria, or to the sectarian tensions in northern ireland, to recognize that religion has some blood on its hands but is the.
Religious conflict has been dividing human society for more than 2000 years, scientists say a new anthropological study of several mexican has been causing conflict for over 2,000 years, say scientists anthropologists say religious ties did not bind early societies together as had previously been thought. What could a christian say in response to this kind of challenge it's too simple to say that religion causes war and violence as an explanation for what we see on the news it is inadequate sometimes it's pretty clear that corrupt establishments or organizations use religion to justify crooked agendas the imperialistic. She goes on: as one who speaks on religion, i constantly hear how cruel and aggressive it has been, a view that, eerily, is expressed in the same way almost every time: “religion has been the cause of all the major wars in history” i have heard this sentence recited like a mantra by american commentators.
So any deeply-held beliefs – which are by definition “religious” – are bound to clash with other peoples', also deeply-held, but contradictory, beliefs and sometimes those clashes can lead to war that means we have to agree: yes, “ religion” does sometimes cause war – because “religion” actually covers all beliefs and. The point should be obvious that religion has certainly played a part in much of the warfare in human history however, does this prove the point made by the critics of religion that religion itself is the cause of war the answer is “yes” and “ no” “yes” in the sense that as a secondary cause, religion, on the surface at least. 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 dead could conceivably be nearly 360 million people it is though our species has been devastated by a modern black plague and indeed it has, but a plague of power, not germs”4 the historical evidence is quite clear: religion is not the #1 cause of war if religion can't be blamed for most wars and.
Religion has its shares of promoting violence many will argue that a cause of religion wars is for economic and political reasons, but others argue that those who start wars are, by definition, not religious in reality, separating religion out of economic and political motives can be involved in such a way finding religious. Deadly images on television tear at our heart we wish for the violence in israel to end [featured-image single_newwindow=”false”] this land, sacred to three global religions, seems endlessly mired in conflict does religion just promote division or hatred is it because of its religious significance that israel remains a place.
The charge that most of the wars in history were religiously motivated is a popular one, especially with the new atheists and their followers sam harris has written in his book the end of faith that religion is the most prolific source of violence in our history1 but a cursory review of the wars fought. Without fail, a couple of our atheist guests will contend, “religion is the cause of most wars” this cultural mantra has been uttered so often and with so much force, it has come to be accepted as an undeniable declaration prominent atheists like sam harris contribute to the chorus of voices, arguing religion. 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.
It happened again here at interfaith voices, we got a second call from the state department, asking if we would be willing to host a group of overseas visitors for a dialogue about interf. It gives them a reason to challenge those in power, which can lead to civil war,” he says rørbæk's research has delved into a number of specific conflicts such as in bosnia, rwanda, and syria and concludes that religion is overestimated as a cause for war “civil war also breaks out in places where religion. He concludes that religious certainty does not cause war, but a religion's relationship to political power can be a factor as a sociologist martin is not inclined to not take seriously a generalized statement like “religion causes war”, because “the role (and nature) of religion varies according to the kind of. But the war audit set out to identify conflicts that were more closely linked to religious belief than to political causes - that could most properly be called religious wars and that, it concluded, means going back to the wars of islamic expansion beginning in the 7th century, the crusades starting in the 11th.