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Religion and Violence

Dangerously Uninformed, Part II

Kelly James Clark | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

I agree that insofar as extremist violence is motivated by religion, the religious motivation needs to be resisted. I support the efforts on the parts of Muslim leaders to inoculate young Muslims against the co-option of true Islam by extremists.

Dangerously Uninformed: Religion and Violence

Kelly James Clark | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

There is no psychological profile of today's terrorist. They are not crazy, they are often well-educated and many are relatively well off. They are motivated, like many young people, by a sense of belonging, a desire for an exciting and meaningful life, and devotion to a higher cause.

The History of Religion and Violence

Osaama Saifi | Posted 04.10.2016 | Religion
Osaama Saifi

To say that the Quran promotes the violence of ISIS is analogous to saying that the Bible promotes the violence of the KKK. This overlooks the rich complexities and nuances of both religions.

LISTEN: No, Religion Does Not Cause All Wars

Posted 11.15.2014 | Religion

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how religious ideas and spiritual practice inform and shape our personal liv...

Pope Francis: 'Faith And Violence Are Incompatible'

Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis called for peace in Egypt during his Sunday address in St. Peter's Square with a prayer: “we continue to pray for peace in Egypt togeth...

Searching For Goodness In Times Of Horror

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

I watched the clips from Boston, the people rushing in, tearing down the fencing to help the injured, at their own peril, not knowing if there would be further explosions. As Joan Chittister wrote, "In the end, the sight of goodness undeterred has more power than all the forces on earth arrayed against it."

Norway One Year Later: Are We Any Closer To Understanding This Tragedy?

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

We certainly know more of the facts behind the tragedy and its real (non-Muslim) perpetrator. But are we in a better place when it comes to understanding what happened in Norway? I have my doubts.

Ask Pastor Paul: Does Religion Cause War?; Does God Like One Sports Team More?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Why should anyone be religious when so many of the wars and prejudice have been based on religion?

Is Religion The Cause Of Most Wars?

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 06.10.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

History simply does not support the hypothesis that religion is the major cause of conflict. The wars of the ancient world were rarely, if ever, based on religion.

Religion Does Not Color Views About Violence

Ahmed Younis | Posted 03.19.2012 | Religion
Ahmed Younis

OIC countries slightly less likely to see military attacks on civilians as sometimes justified.

Does The Hutaree Militia Represent Christianity? A Muslim Knows Better

Yasmin Mogahed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Yasmin Mogahed

If there's news of a Muslim terrorist, Islam becomes complicit in the crime. Yet few people are going to accuse Christianity of motivating the terrorism of the Hutaree militia.

Hutaree Militia: The Passion Of The Christians

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mark Olmsted

Do horrors like the Hutaree militia represent the inevitable consequence of a religion whose central symbol -- the cross -- represents one of the most unpleasant and cruel tortures that can be inflicted?

Respect an Individual's Decision

Shashi Tharoor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Shashi Tharoor

Let each religion do its thing, and let each Indian be free to choose. Conversion should be an issue of individual conscience and not mass delusion.