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  • Statistics show religion causes violence.

    Countries where the population is mostly religious show a much higher rate of violence than countries whose population are mostly atheist. A couple examples would be that Muslim countries have the highest rate of violence and Christian countries sit somewhere in the middle, though still with a high rate of violence especially as opposed to atheistic countries such as Sweden. The correlation between religion and violence is clear.

  • Its because of...

    People for millions of years we have fought because of religion and I'm not saying religion is bad its just the reason some wars have started because of believe and religion has killed probably more than the black death and again I'm not against religion I'm Christian but it does cause violence

  • Religion causes violence!

    I say yes it does incite violence, because of conflicting belief and dogma! It has gone on for hundreds of years. It doesn't matter if your Christian, a follower of Islam, or even a Buddhist. All you have to do is look at history, look at our holy books and you will find stories of people who fought for God and in Gods name. It happened in the inquisition and it happened in the third rike in Germany, when Hitler was in power! Most Main Stream religions, uphold violence to protect their religion and to protect their ideology. All of them have justification for violence, in the name of God!

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  • Faith impairs critical thinking

    Religion, like all a priori epistemologies, makes it harder to question things and think rationally & in a balanced way using emotions and logic. It makes people more susceptible to authoritarianism, manipulation, violence and suffering. And it constantly forces people to look for ways to keep justifying it because they fear to lose their beliefs, identity and belonging that they have been conditioned to depend on.

    Religion makes people more prone to bias because it pushes certain conclusions over an actual investigation about what's real. It's no surprise that this means people will get violent when their beliefs that they are dependent on and fear to lose are challenged or appear "threatened", in attempts to "protect" such ideas. Nor should it be a surprise that this learned pattern of thinking translates into other avenues like assuming things first and justifying all actions afterwards, including violence.

  • Faith impairs critical thinking

    Religion, like all a priori epistemologies, makes it harder to question things and think rationally & in a balanced way using emotions and logic. It makes people more susceptible to authoritarianism, manipulation, violence and suffering. And it constantly forces people to look for ways to keep justifying it because they fear to lose their beliefs, identity and belonging that they have been conditioned to depend on.

    Religion makes people more prone to bias because it pushes certain conclusions over an actual investigation about what's real. It's no surprise that this means people will get violent when their beliefs that they are dependent on and fear to lose are challenged or appear "threatened", in attempts to "protect" such ideas. Nor should it be a surprise that this learned pattern of thinking translates into other avenues like assuming things first and justifying all actions afterwards, including violence.

  • Faith impairs critical thinking

    Religion, like all a priori epistemologies, makes it harder to question things and think rationally & in a balanced way using emotions and logic. It makes people more susceptible to authoritarianism, manipulation, violence and suffering. And it constantly forces people to look for ways to keep justifying it because they fear to lose their beliefs, identity and belonging that they have been conditioned to depend on.

    Religion makes people more prone to bias because it pushes certain conclusions over an actual investigation about what's real. It's no surprise that this means people will get violent when their beliefs that they are dependent on and fear to lose are challenged or appear "threatened", in attempts to "protect" such ideas. Nor should it be a surprise that this learned pattern of thinking translates into other avenues like assuming things first and justifying all actions afterwards, including violence.

  • Faith impairs critical thinking

    Religion, like all a priori epistemologies, makes it harder to question things and think rationally & in a balanced way using emotions and logic. It makes people more susceptible to authoritarianism, manipulation, violence and suffering. And it constantly forces people to look for ways to keep justifying it because they fear to lose their beliefs, identity and belonging that they have been conditioned to depend on.

    Religion makes people more prone to bias because it pushes certain conclusions over an actual investigation about what's real. It's no surprise that this means people will get violent when their beliefs that they are dependent on and fear to lose are challenged or appear "threatened", in attempts to "protect" such ideas. Nor should it be a surprise that this learned pattern of thinking translates into other avenues like assuming things first and justifying all actions afterwards, including violence.

  • Faith impairs critical thinking

    Religion, like all a priori epistemologies, makes it harder to question things and think rationally & in a balanced way using emotions and logic. It makes people more susceptible to authoritarianism, manipulation, violence and suffering. And it constantly forces people to look for ways to keep justifying it because they fear to lose their beliefs, identity and belonging that they have been conditioned to depend on.

    Religion makes people more prone to bias because it pushes certain conclusions over an actual investigation about what's real. It's no surprise that this means people will get violent when their beliefs that they are dependent on and fear to lose are challenged or appear "threatened", in attempts to "protect" such ideas. Nor should it be a surprise that this learned pattern of thinking translates into other avenues like assuming things first and justifying all actions afterwards, including violence.

  • Religion is not violent, people may be...

    Individuals have different personalities, values, ethics, upbringing, etc, things of which determine an individual's identity. Because of those differences, people tend to interpret religion differently. Religion can be peaceful and violent at the same time. It's people who decide which side to take and will use religion as an excuse.

  • There is a difference between politics and religion. The one serve God the other man

    All the examples quoted here about wars done in the name of religion is clouded with the fact that the wars were called by some human leader that was a politician. Jesus understood the difference and God in his wisdom came to earth to show us mortals the difference. Jesus preached peace, yes he did throw people out of the temple in rage. The people that promoted aggression and death were all politicians. WE WILL HAVE TO FIGHT TO PRESERVE OUR FREEDOM. Anyone heard this before. Today we have to many 'Leaders' that want to reach world dominance and they will use any tool possible to achieve their goal. Without getting their own hands dirty. In the old days the King went fighting with the men to gain extra territory , today the King sits at home. Religion is a powerful tool as it deals with the core of a human. When you control the core you control the person. Everybody believe in something, some in themselves. All humans have good and evil in them yet we tend to prefer to do bad. Don't smoke, take drugs, mess around, Kill, Steel, eat to much, drive to fast ect. Yet we do a lot of these things because we have natural tendency to break rules. Religion gives us guidelines and when followed will lead to peace. Politics gives us power and greed when followed lead to destruction. Once you understand this you will understand that religion does not lead to war, but politics does. Religion is controlled by a divine power politics are controlled by people , now judge.

  • The ignorance of people nowadays

    Remember when religion was a sacred thing? Yeah well that isn't anymore because of the closed minded people on earth. Religion is supposed to be something that sheds light n the questions we may have, it is not there to create violence. People use religion as an excuse to their ignorance. Whatever religion one follows, this should lead to peace no to hatred. The violence, cruelty and hatred is caused by the people themselves.

  • No. Religion is like a knife. Is knife a dangerous or a useful tool?

    Religion, in general, is like a very useful, but a virtually dangerous tool. It depends who is using it and for what purpose it is used.
    Those who use it in a good way or for a good cause, they themselves will profit from it, and will help others, too, but those who abuse it, will harm themselves and will hurt others, too.
    The problem is not with religion or the lack of it, but the way it is used or abused. That same seems to be true for any other social or political system, too. The cause of violence is to be found in the hearts and heads of people and not so much in the particular means they use to accomplish their particular goals. Well, at least that's how I see this issue.

  • Some of the most egregious crimes against humanity were committed by non-religious groups & leaders

    (i.E. Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia, Mao's China, etc.) Arguing that religion is the cause of world violence neglects the fact that atheists & agnostics were behind the most destructive governmental / military movements in recent history.

    Religion is not the issue. There are insane people in every belief system. Some are hell-bent on destroying their political / religious opponents. Allowing these people to move into positions of power is the source of our problems.

  • Religion is simply a belief

    Religion itself does not encourage or advise people to commit acts of violence, instead it is the interpretation of that religion which can cause violence. It is simply immature beliefs of certain individuals that think violence in the name of god is acceptable but religion should not be used as an excuse. Religion was once a sacred thing and I firmly believe that it should have stayed that way instead of an excuse for blasphemous acts of violence.

  • Ummm...On religion causing wars and more deaths

    Actually, during the Salem Witch trials, maybe around 15-18 people were killed. Granted, no killing is okay, but many people, when hearing about the trials, tend to believe that religious maniacs killed hundreds of people, which isn't true.
    Also, the Spanish Inquisition may have caused a lot of grief and strife, but as for death, there was no more than a couple thousand. I'm not saying what they did was good, but they didn't kill millions.
    And another thing, during the 20th century, what three wars did we have? WWI, WWII, and the Cold War. WWI left millions dead, and millions more injured. WWII killed 30 million people. 30 million! The Cold War nestled itself in the matters of many other countries who didn't want to get caught up in the matters between the US and USSR, but they were involved, and their leaders uprooted, or killed.
    Before the 20th century, yes, there were fights and wars and terrible things that happened with religion, but never has there been an amount of violence and death as there was during the 20th century, and NONE of the wars caused were because of religion.

  • This is almost a stupid a question

    No religion itself dose not cause violence, its the people that abuse the religion and use it to control what the atheists call "stupid people". These people are trusting in a area in which they shouldn't have to fear being tricked. The bible very clearly says not to be violent, jesus said to turn the other cheek. To not hold a grudge. Also the muslims causing atrocities? These are a group of people who are fighting a "war" and the issue with that is the Koran states you shall not go to war unless god himself comes down from the effing heaven ands and tells everyone to do so. The majority of religeons if followed correctly would keep violence away. Unfortunetly some follow the religeons properly and some don't and you know what they say about bad apples. I have nothing against atheism by the way, the real atheism not the hipster ones that become atheists because they have a superiority complex. In fact I love having religious conversations with atheists that are actually willing to listen to reason and logic without resorting to the "im right and your wrong so you must be a stupid monkey" statement that the majority of atheists do. Lets get something straight, religion is in the right its the people who **** up simple rules that cause violence. Lets go back to the crusades...." go kill the muslims in that city over there" heres the issue... When the **** did god/jesus say to kill muslims. God literally sent down just 10 rules, count em, 10. We still **** that up so he sent down 1. Treat others how you would like to be treated. Any good Christian would follow that rule, I do. I haven't done anything bad to anyone in my adult life. The "priests" and "bishops" who profit off of religion are not Christians. They are businessmen who abuse the citizen. And last time I checked religion is not required to commit evil deeds, many evil deeds have been in the name of science and religion. People are evil, religion only trys to teach you how to stop being evil. Yet people use it as a ***** excuse to do bad things. "God told me to do it" The **** he did. God has told me to help the poor, give to charity, work at a soup kitchen, treat others right and overall just help my fellow man down the path of good. Also religion is no reason for ignorance, look at a science book, im well versed in science, anatomy, evolution and creationism. I at one point in my younger years was an atheist in actuality and I determined after gaining knowledge in both religion and science that science and god are one in the same, to deny science because a bishop who hasent read the bible says so is retarded. To deny a after life because we have a very very limited understanding of the universe is stupid.

  • People cause violence

    When you go through the posts above the 'yes' column opposite they say that violence is done by people.
    People disagree and decide to remove by force the ability of the people they oppose to work out in practice the consequences of their belief.
    Any metaphysical belief is not able of itself to produce a violent action. It requires someone to decide that they want the removal of the power to express the belief they oppose by law or by force, not by persuasion.
    It can be convenient to marginalize such beliefs by labelling them as religious. Religion is a category that can be used to encompass beliefs which have no coherent similarity apart from the distaste in which they are held by some people.

  • People cause violence, not religion.

    Religion in itself does not cause violence. Unfortunately, people who disagree with religious beliefs cause violence. People cause fights and torment each other who do not agree with their religious philosophies and its unfortunate that its linked back to religion when it is really due to people who believe that only their believes are correct.


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