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Does religion cause war?

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Does   RELIGION   CAUSE



       WAR?
Atheists and secular humanists consistently make the claim that
religion is the #1 cause of violence and war throughout the history
of mankind.
                                                     www.confidentchristians.org
Religion and faith are “the
most prolific source of
violence in our history.”
              - Sam Harris



                              www.confidentchristians.org
Is that true?
                www.confidentchristians.org
Three Truths to Start with…




1.   Campaigns such as the Crusades and the Thirty Years‟ War
     foundationally rested on religious ideology and did occur.
2.   There is no disagreement that radical Islam was the spirit behind 9/11.
3.   It is not true to say that all faiths contribute equally where religiously-
     motivated violence and warfare are concerned or that religion/faith is
     the #1 cause of war.
                                                              www.confidentchristians.org
More Truth on the Matter

• Philip and Axelrod‟s three-volume
  Encyclopedia of Wars chronicles
  some 1,763 wars that have been
  waged over the course of human
  history.
• Of those wars, the authors
  categorize 123 as being religious in
  nature, which is an astonishingly low
  6.98% of all wars.
• When one subtracts out those
  waged in the name of Islam (66),
  the percentage is cut by more than
  half to 3.23%.

                                          www.confidentchristians.org

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Does religion cause war?

  • 1. Does RELIGION CAUSE WAR?
  • 2. Atheists and secular humanists consistently make the claim that religion is the #1 cause of violence and war throughout the history of mankind. www.confidentchristians.org
  • 3. Religion and faith are “the most prolific source of violence in our history.” - Sam Harris www.confidentchristians.org
  • 4. Is that true? www.confidentchristians.org
  • 5. Three Truths to Start with… 1. Campaigns such as the Crusades and the Thirty Years‟ War foundationally rested on religious ideology and did occur. 2. There is no disagreement that radical Islam was the spirit behind 9/11. 3. It is not true to say that all faiths contribute equally where religiously- motivated violence and warfare are concerned or that religion/faith is the #1 cause of war. www.confidentchristians.org
  • 6. More Truth on the Matter • Philip and Axelrod‟s three-volume Encyclopedia of Wars chronicles some 1,763 wars that have been waged over the course of human history. • Of those wars, the authors categorize 123 as being religious in nature, which is an astonishingly low 6.98% of all wars. • When one subtracts out those waged in the name of Islam (66), the percentage is cut by more than half to 3.23%. www.confidentchristians.org
  • 7. That means that all faiths combined – minus Islam – have caused less than 4% of all of humanity‟s wars and violent conflicts. Further, they played no motivating role in the major wars that have resulted in the most loss of life. www.confidentchristians.org
  • 8. Religious/Non-Religious Wars 1650 1600 1550 1500 1450 1400 1350 1300 1250 1200 1150 1100 1050 1000 950 900 850 800 750 700 650 600 550 500 450 400 350 300 250 200 150 100 50 0 Non-Islamic Religious Islamic Wars Non-Religious Wars Wars www.confidentchristians.org
  • 9. 3% 4% 93% Non-Islamic Religious Wars Islamic Wars Non-Religious Wars www.confidentchristians.org
  • 10. Kind of puts a serious dent into Harris‟ argument, doesn‟t it…? www.confidentchristians.org
  • 11. Truth you can’t argue with… The truth is, non-religious motivations and naturalistic philosophies bear the blame for nearly all of humankind‟s wars. Lives lost during religious conflicts pales in comparison to those experienced during the regimes who wanted nothing to do with the idea of God – something showcased in R. J. Rummel‟s work Lethal Politics and Death by Government: Non-Religious Dictator Lives Lost Joseph Stalin 42,672,000 Mao Zedong 37,828,000 Adolf Hitler 20,946,000 Chiang Kai-shek 10,214,000 Vladimir Lenin 4,017,000 Hideki Tojo 3,990,000 Pol Pot 2,397,000 www.confidentchristians.org
  • 12. “Almost 170 million men, women and children have been shot, beaten, tortured, knifed, burned, starved, frozen, crushed or worked to death; buried alive, drowned, hung, bombed or killed in any other of a myriad of ways governments have inflicted death on unarmed, helpless citizens and foreigners. 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.” www.confidentchristians.org
  • 13. The historical evidence is quite clear: Religion is not the #1 cause of war. www.confidentchristians.org
  • 14. If religion can‟t be blamed for most wars and violence, then what is the primary cause? The same thing that triggers all crime, cruelty, loss of life, and other such things… www.confidentchristians.org
  • 15. “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man” (Mark 7:21–23) www.confidentchristians.org
  • 16. “What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel” (James 4:1–2). www.confidentchristians.org
  • 17. To end war, we don‟t need to get rid of religion / faith. The atheist philosopher Frederick Nietzsche – who pioneered the „death of God‟ movement – predicted that because God was supposedly dead, the 20th century would be the bloodiest in all of human history. Turns out, he was right. www.confidentchristians.org
  • 18. To stop war, we need a revolution of the heart. And that starts when we seek and find God, who is the only One that can change hearts for the better. www.confidentchristians.org
  • 19. For More Information www.confidentchristians.org www.confidentchristians.org
  • 20. Does RELIGION CAUSE WAR? www.confidentchristians.org