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  • Almost all wars are caused by religion.

    The civil war was caused by religion. People saw enslavement of Africans wrong because they believed that Africans were humans, whereas evolutionists didn't. It was primarily a Christian objection. The revolutionary war was caused because British rebels wanted religious freedom (and freedom from heavy taxation). The Vietnam war was caused because of America's ethical objection to communism. All wars include religion, however, there are wars that are simply caused by greed or other forms of selfishness. In all wars, there are religious defenders, no-matter who initiated the war. If there weren't religious objectors, there would be very few; only those who want to preserve what is theirs would object. We wouldn't even protect each other.

  • There are some nice examples throughout history.

    Religion has caused death, and even in modern times this is so.

    We can start off by looking at the Crusades. Violent upheavals between the Muslim and Christan world led to a faith-fueled war that lasted for quite some time. Even in the modern age, the terrorist secs that believe that America is the "Great Satan" only exist because of religion, and anyone that understands why they hate Americans knows that it is only because of their religion.

  • Any serious historian would say yes.

    Here are some wars caused by religion: The crusades (all seven of them), the Thirty Years' War, the conquest of Spain, and the Taiping Rebellion, just to name a few. Even today, this is true. If you look at the Global Peace Index (which measure conflicts, homicide, and militarization among other things) it becomes clear that there is a correlation between religiosity and violence.

  • The mid east is full of religion passes conflicts.

    There are so many conflicts sparked by religion today. They are even commercialized and yet people still believe that religion is innocent of so many things. Event the christian religion is full of racist and homophobic nonsense. If people of other religions just left each other alone, not that this will ever happen, the world might know peace.

  • Religion has no purpose therefore:

    Now, people DO kill people. That much is true. It has always been true, before we even had tools. Before we were even people. And that killing truth is indeed part of the problem. Humanity is persistently inconsistent and complex, even in the reasons we kill: desperation, survival, anger or accident, to name a few of the big ones. Insanity, to name the currently most relevant one. Bottom line, though, is that many of us are killers. It's what half of the above saying means: Human nature is deeply intertwined with violence and killing, and we as a species need to evolve past that in order to move forward into the vast playground of the Universe.

  • Yeah, it can.

    Of course religion can cause wars, but of course not every war is caused for religion. The crusades are a great example of how religion can cause a war. I have nothing against religion personally, it can promote good behavior, but I do believe that sometimes it can be dangerous or abused.

  • I am from India. Religion causes wars. Enough said.

    India is culturally, linguistically, religiously and to a certain extent, ethnically, one of the most diverse if not the most diverse country in the world. And here, almost every major skirmish can be traced by back to religion in some or the other way. Mostly it's about Hinduism vs Islam.
    Believe me when i say, religion can cause a civil war, if not a world war. What is the war on terror? What else is the intention of al-Qaeda if not religious?

  • It gives a justification for people commit acts of violence and hate

    Most modern day religions allow for interpretations of their scripts and teaching to allow acts of hate and violence against those who are not of that religion or don't believe the interpretation those people believe. Any religion that takes accountability away from it's followers allows people to justify killing others and has lead and still leads to many cases of civil unrest and war.

  • Religion is a cause of wars

    The crusades and jihads are the best examples of religious fanatics exporting their religion via war. War has numerous causes but religion is one of the most dangerous causes. In a lot of cases the combatants and leaders are not rational. Instead they are mere zealots who are willing to sacrifice themselves for a religion.

  • Absolutely- how is this a question?

    While religion is certainly not the cause of every war, and there would be war if there was no religion, it is certainly a major motivating factor in a great many of history's armed conflicts. The entire reason the Middle East is so unstable is because of fighting over religion- mostly Muslims versus Jews.

    The texts of many religions (including all the Abrahamic faiths) are pro-war against unbelievers and "idolators" (ie those of other religions). And nothing can motivate otherwise good people to do horrible things and feel righteous for them like religion.

  • It does not cause wars.

    Personally I believe that the people cause war. I do not think religion plays a part in the conflict because in history, wars were started by greed, power and the thirst for resources. I do not think that religion motivates a person to start a conflict because that is just unreasonable. Your opinions?

  • Actually, over the history of mankind their have been very little wars caused by religion.

    Title explains itself but let me go further:
    Now I did some research on the top 5 most bloody wars in history and here is what I got:

    1. World War 2

    2. The Mongol Conquests

    3. The 2nd Sino Japanese War

    4. The Qing Conquest of the Ming Dynasty

    5. The Taiping Rebellion

    As I have done research on all 5 of these catastrophic wars I came to learn something: Very few of them were caused by religion.

    World War 2 was ultimately caused by the rise of Nazi Germany after their terrible defeat at world War 2, now I know what some of you are thinking "Oh but what about the Holocaust". That wasn't a sole motivator to WWII, what caused WWII was when the Nazi's invaded Poland in 1939. The Holocaust wasn't entirely Religiously motivated what caused the Second World War. What was an ultimate motivator to Germanys invasion of Poland was from their losing of WWI, Which I might add had absolutely NOTHING to do with religion

    The other war that had something to do with religion was the Taiping Rebellion, in which I will admit touché, you have a point.

    Now I counter I likely agreement "What about the Crusades?"

    Now the First Crusade was likely what caused the chain reaction that caused the next 7 Crusades, so let me explain to you how the First Crusade was actually more POLITICAL rather than RELIGOUS.

    The Crusades did you know actually originated when the Byzantine emperor Alexius The Third gave a request to the pope asking for back up as the Seljuk Turks advanced into Byzantine occupied Anatolia (modern day Turkey). This was when Pope Urban the Second went a little over the top and declared a "Crusade". In which he raised up an army from western Europe of a bout 100,000. When they advanced into Constantinople Alexius was furious at their massive numbers as he asked for just a few reinforcements to drive the Turks back. Also to add the fact that not all the crusaders came to the Middle East in the attempt to Capture Jerusalem and spread Christianity, many of them went for Glory and Gold, not for their religious sake. Still don't believe that previous statement? Then research Baldwin I of Edessa.

  • This is a common misconception... Numbers say otherwise.

    Name wars caused by religion. Oh cool, you can think of a few. This must mean that RELIGION CAUSES WARS! Well, no. Only about 8% of total wars in the history of mankind can be classified as religious. And yes, this is a FACT, and not a made-up percentage. Look it up yourself.

    All the open-minded people who think of themselves proud to not blindly follow any religion have fallen into the trap of blindly following such a common misconception. Irony!

    I'm not even going to argue for the fact that some of the so-called religious wars were actually not so religious but only used religion as a means to justify the atrocities they committed. It's irrelevant and obsolete, because the vast majority of the wars have been strictly non-religious.

  • No they do not

    The cause of wars is people that manipulate religion. Religion is the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. A personal God or gods. Religion does not cause wars because religion doesn't even permit killing of other people. The main wars you would call religious wars are not caused by religion but caused by political and ideological radicals using manipulated religion to cover up their causes. Religion in its pure form is not a war creating belief.

  • Ideas and beliefs don't kill people... People kill people.

    As said in the title. Religion on it's own doesn't decide to kill people... It's simply a way of understanding how and why we are here. Even if there was an absolute agreement on religion, or lack there of- People would still find a way to fight. Take for example children: Mike has a shiny red toy, Larry does not. So what does Larry do? Larry tries to take the shiny red toy, but guess what! Mike is not giving it up, so what does Larry do in return? He uses force to get what he wants. What causes this? The shiny red toy? No. It is jealousy and greed that makes us want what we do not have. In sum, you can blame it on something else, but war will always happen. With our without Religion. People seem to forget, even with the Crusades... Churches were too pillaged, by corrupt soldiers and officials searching riches. Stop blaming other ideas, places, and items for our own human fault.

  • Statistics aren't on your side.

    According to most reliable sources, less than %7 of the world's wars had religious motivations (notice I say motivations, not causes). Furthermore, less than %2 of the casualties were caused by these wars. Meaning that more people were killed by a single Atheist dictator than killed by these religious wars.

  • Tolerance Level Of Religion...

    War is a conflict which is organized due to political or acquisitive reasons. Religion doesn't cause war; there are other elements that go into war. People do use religion to justify war but it's not the main cause. After all religion is not a cause of war in any circumstances, but religion has its own tolerance level and no one is allowed to halt the tolerance level of any religion. No religion gives a message to kill any innocent life and all religions spread a message of peace and brotherhood. Although Religion is a very sensitive matter for its followers and one must not hurt the believers due to its belligerent behavior towards a specific religion. If someone uses his/her freedom of expression with the intention of defaming other religion then it acts like igniting a spark in the pool of fuel. These circumstances urged people to become extremist with no tolerance for defaming their religion and it jeopardizes the society and can cause a reason for a major dispute.

  • This is a common misconception... Numbers speak otherwise

    Name wars caused by religion. Oh cool, you can think of a few. This must mean that RELIGION CAUSES WARS! Well, no. Only about 8% of total wars in the history of mankind can be classified as religious. And yes, this is a FACT, and not a made-up percentage. Look it up yourself.

    All the open-minded people who think of themselves proud to not blindly follow any religion have fallen into the trap of blindly following such a common misconception. Irony!

    I'm not even going to argue for the fact that some of the so-called religious wars were actually not so religious but only used religion as a means to justify the atrocities they committed. It's irrelevant and obsolete, because the vast majority of the wars have been strictly non-religious.

  • Stupid people cause wars

    The religious establishment is used as something to hold on to in this big unknown world, we have not evolved much, we still fear the dark, religion gives us something to believe as not everyone is strong enough to face the hardships of life without some hope from an outside source; wars are caused by people, people at the top that have something to gain from these wars.

  • No. Misinterpretation or abuse of religion starts wars.

    Fanatics, who are sick by clinical definition, twist religion to serve their purposes -- including war. Religion, on its own, doesn't start conflict. It takes people to manage that feat. If you think about it, just about any creed ... Act ... Speech ... Book, etc. Can be misinterpreted to serve violent purposes. Its been said, "The pen is mightier than the sword." But who is moving that pen? It's a highly motivated individual.


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kaisor says2013-12-16T04:15:10.630
Religion does not cause war , - it is misconception. Strife and war in this world comes about when justice is contravened or when the beneficence of a benefactor is denied or we fail to show compassion to others. Present day war are result of the scheme devised by the materialistic mind.Strife and disorder in the world is created by the negation of justice , result of transgression which opposite human compassion - sincerely practice religion never led to war and violence. I accept sometime war have been taken place in the name of religion but these have been result of discarded the teaching of religion. The war that were undertaken for the establishment of peace and save the oppressed from the cruelties of the oppressor cannot be objected, in fact , should be applauded.We should not blame religion because of war- war undertaken for worldly reason too.If a driver does not follow the rules and regulations of traffic and start to drive according to his whims and got an accident -at that time do you blame car or driver.?