The correlation of religion and violence in the historical events the crusades and the thirty years

By Parmaboy on Jan 24, This is a thorough discussion of Bible history that traces its roots from centuries before the birth of Christ.

Is Religion to Blame for Violence? Karen Armstrong’s Flawed Case

Of special note is the five-volume work by Marty and Appleby —5 that encompasses different approaches and case studies related to fundamentalism. There were only about 10 million people in Uganda back in Amin's day, so the numbers still come out higher even if you counted that absurd number of Chinese deaths as "killings".

The other function that Armstrong sees as involving the limbic system is nurturing the young. Findings from International Crises, — Armstrong's choice of words like calling the Biblical book of Daniel a "historical novella" Chapter 5 and lauding the "Triumph of the Secular" Chapter 10 will prove difficult for some readers.

Religion, however, has often been waiting in the wings in the form of convenient ways to rally parts of society or to paint these acts with a sort of spiritual permission or encouragement. Their new gods were liberty, nature and the French nation, which they worshipped in elaborate festivals choreographed by the artist Jacques Louis David.

Constantinople was threatened in the East, and Spain was overthrown in the West. In the Western world, books on Judaism and Christianity were written focusing on analyzing peace and war in the Hebrew Bible, in the New Testament, and in sermons, letters, and other external texts and exegeses Arias ; Belli ; Benezet ; Heaton ;Dymond Instead of the wonderful new life they dreamed of they find inferior educational opportunities, unemployment in some European cities up to 70 percent of the Muslim population is unemployedand poor housing.

The reactions and views of the Muslims who strove against the Christians are essential if one is to engage in a thorough study of the crusades. Europe was under assault.

He is the real Terrorist behind many of the terrorist movements over religious history. For example in the introductory quote from Genesis, Armstrong attempts to support her proposal that the dispute between Kayin and Hevel Cain and Abel was agrarian.

The History of Religion and Violence

The question of whether religion is the cause of a conflict, or just a tool or a dimension of it was addressed in several quantitative studies.

Are you really saying religion had nothing to do with this. Muslims are starting to understand that they must develop their own language of encounter. Religious affinities on the collective level are not confined to traditional territorial state boundaries. If we in the West decide that religion -- or one religion -- is the main reason for violence aimed against us, we could take action against people solely because of their religion.

Dominic were not the only ecclesiastical leaders at that time addressing the legitimacy of the crusades. Many critics of the Crusades would seem to suppose that after the Muslims had overrun a major portion of Christendom, they should have been ignored or forgiven… This outlook is certainly unrealistic and probably insincere.

Readers will note that this historical perspective has not attempted to explain away the Crusades. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Negotiation Journal 23 155— Obviously that's been true in many cases, but it's just the kind of over-generalization Armstrong would tear into if it were made about religion.

The God of apocalyptic violence the original Declinist has been at the heart of much religious violence over history and is still the central ideal and authority of the Christian religion. The contribution of religion to violence is best understood in terms of the bad ideas that form the core of religions such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Critiquing these abstractions of true religion apart from context is standard-issue stuff for religious studies classrooms. I do not attend any church and I am well read in one other tradition, which is Buddhism.

Some groups of Christians, in particular the Orthodox Church, have begun to reexamine the sources of the respective faiths and, on a theological level, to see God working through religions such as Islam. That's what he is willing to do to make his points regardless of his beliefs. Since some Muslim groups have become interested in opening conversations with Christian and Jewish neighbors to help explain that theirs is a religion of peace and not one of hatred and violence as it is often portrayed by the media.

The myth of religious violence

Saraswati, Sorry Chad, but I've lived and worked in China and spent a lot of time studying the country and that's just a crock note I know little about Stalin and am just talking about Mao. A lot would be involved in giving a conclusive answer, but we can make the following observations: It is the ability to make these histories so personal, yet stay agnostic in their actual debate, that is Armstrong's strength - guiding the reader through the minefield that is religious discussion without taking casualties.

The first task facing IR scholars trying to incorporate culture and religion is the task of definition. When combined with a powerful sense of grievance, this has led to frightening results. Dominic had, he tried to stop it.

African Americans may be further marginalized insofar as problems they may consider most salient, such as poverty or racism, are not usually broached as subjects of interfaith dialogue. Generally minorities sometimes tiny ones in states dominated by Muslim-majority populations, Christians are focused on trying to live as full and equal citizens.

Still, religious rhetoric has been used to mobilize groups and forces. But for Luther, the Christian stood alone before his God, relying only upon his Bible.

Jun 16,  · Christianity, the Crusades, and Violence Posted on June 16, by dlsansom While at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, I heard an informal lecture from a former Rector of Tantur about a particular discussion between Christian and Jews in which one of the topics was what each religion really knows about the other.

Needless to say most violence has nothing to do with religion, in the West, most appears to be domestic violence, crime-related, or related to mental health. What we are really talking about here is violence under the umbrella of crimes against humanity, torture, and genocide.

You need a read of Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence and Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind to help you out of this simplistic view of religion. When there was no separation between religion and government wars had religious content.

Since the events of SeptemberAmerican Muslims, caught in a painful position, have decried the acts of the 9/11 terrorists and defended Islam as a religion of peace. Thus, in her efforts to portray the complexity of particular events or movements (such as the rise of radical Islam, or the role of religion in the Thirty Years War), she separates out “religion” from other factors – political, cultural, economic, and so forth – after she has pointed out that such a separation is a construct of modernity.

Feb 05,  · @Colin "Religion and violence are joined at the hip like two Siamese twins" bloodier than the Catholic Inquisition, the various Catholic crusades, and the Thirty Years War between Catholics and Protestants.


In practice, Marxism has meant bloody terrorism, deadly purges, lethal prison camps and murderous forced labor, fatal.

The correlation of religion and violence in the historical events the crusades and the thirty years
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Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong ()