What have you been thinking about? Does Religion Cause War? As the situation in Gaza becomes worse by the day, the apologetic challenge this weekend is most likely to centre on the role of religion in fomenting this conflict.
Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. By Kabir Helminski Did you ever wonder: As much as we love, and give, and aspire, we also lie, hate, and kill. These are pretty basic questions. What would it take to better ourselves morally, in ways that really matter?
If we could understand and apply this principle, our lives would change dramatically. Transformation is how grapes become wine. Transformation is how wheat becomes bread. But what is the nature of this transformation for human beings?
How does a schmuck become a saint, or at least a decent human being? Most of us are stuck most of the time. Most of us fear real change because our egos are in control.
The ego, or false self, is a defense mechanism, but not necessarily a healthy or very effective one. The ego that is overbearing, self-centered, and manipulative, is actually full of self-doubt, insecurity, and fear. A psychological mechanism that developed to help guarantee survival has lost its evolutionary value and is now a vestigial illusion that brings misery and stupidity -- not to mention exploitation, tyranny, and war.
When we live primarily from the false self, when the ego is in control, we tyrannize others and our own hearts. When we are preoccupied with the false self, we do not actually see things as they are; we see them from the distorted perspective of this insecure false self.
You know all the problems this causes. People who meditate, or who have some practice that awakens presence, begin to experience a separation between their awareness and their egoistic selves. Spirituality sees the ego as an instrument. The ego is like the saxophone of the soul.
The wise harness their egos to their hearts. The lower self bows to the higher self.
To use the language of religion, the ego can become "a servant of God. Many people seem not to find the old language of religion very convincing. It has bad associations. But if you look at the record, religion is not primarily to blame. A closer look reveals that human egos are responsible for all this madness.
Take religion completely out of the picture and set about reforming the world, and, so far, what we have seen is Stalin or Mao. Modern secular ideological movements are actually responsible for much greater and more indiscriminate violence than any religion ever has been.
The case still stands. The essence of religion opens us to something beyond immediate appearances, beyond mere things. Religion and, of course, spirituality opens us to realms of value beyond both the senses and the intellect.
There is something within us that connects, that can relate, that can sense value, and, ultimately, that opens us to our innate capacity to love purely. This innate capacity is not so far-fetched or remotely transcendent and unverifiable as it at first sounds.Religion does not inherently cause war.
Correlation is not the same as causation. Religion is just an easily corruptible system that can influence many people who subscribe to it. The reason the U.S.A saw sense in separating state and religion was so that corrupt politicians could not infiltrate it and use it to justify war, not so that that.
While religious groups have been specifically targeted (most notably in World War II), to claim that religion was the cause is to blame the victim and to misunderstand the perpetrators' motives, which were nationalistic and ethnic, not religious.
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 autobiography that “religion is the. Yes, religion causes war.
Religion, or rather, intolerance of other religions, causes war. It is completely logical to argue that perhaps we are simply a war-like species and that religion is just a convenient excuse, and there are certainly many other reasons to go to .
Mar 28, · The atheist claim that religion is the cause of most wars is shown to be false. The history of human warfare shows that less than 7% of all wars have religious causes. If atheists are correct, the most religious industrial nation, the United States of America, should be involved in more religious wars than any other country.
Religion is a very good way to motivate and console the people who actually have to fight and die in a war. So, to answer the question: Does religion cause war?