History has shown that religion has been
the cause of the majority of our wars,
mostly due to the power the church has
had over the common man – the
promise of a better life, either earthly or
in an afterlife.
The crusades are a perfect example of
this -- the pope, who basically IS the
(Catholic) church when it comes to
power, ordered the nobles of Europe to
go forth and free the holy land from the
infidels. Many lives were lost in the name
of religion from that decision.
The rise of Protestantism brought even
more turmoil into an already religiously-
chaotic world. Lutheranism, and after
that Calvinism, created religious conflict
throughout Europe; this led to the
devastating period known as the Thirty
Years’ War -- a war which involved most
of Europe, yet was staged in Germany.
Religious conflict cracked apart the
infrastructure of French society and
created an extremely long-lasting civil
war, the likes of which France had never
seen. The introduction of Lutheranism
and Calvinism into the already religiously
fragile French culture was simply too
much to bear, as this war between
French Catholics and Protestants lasted
from 1562 -1598.