posted on Feb, 12 2008 @ 02:20 PM
Originally posted by budski
Fair points, but would you not consider the inquisition to be one of the most violent periods in the history of religion?
And the crusades?
These were done in the name of god, despite any questions about the motivation they may or may not have had.
Well yes in religion they are two of the worst Christian events, but both were small potatoes to all bad events in our history. Also one can argue the
case with the Christian crusades that was composed of seven different ones over a 200 year period. Around 2 million died during this time in these
failures to take the holy lands. The 5th crusade was the bloodiest and so I would single this one out to all the others. It is also hard to
differentiate between a religious movement or the expansion of a king’s realm.
The Inquisitions that came and went over 500 years have basically low numbers even though it can be agreed on as an atrocity, and this is also one of
the purer religious only events. It is interesting that what is happening in the Middle East is another purer religious event that mimics the
Basic religion is based on the “good” and not evil acts even though men can do evil acts in the name of religion. This is very important to
understand because religion has the ability to continually influence these evil acts with goodness and so has a tendency to reduce what is actually
capable when they happen. When you look at atrocities that are not based on any religious motivators there tends to be no limit to them since there
are no moral bounds in these cases.
During the 20th century the 30 worst atrocities up to 1995 have very little religion in them if any.
But since then it is hard to not see the Muslim religion as in the forefront of almost all atrocities from 1995 to today, and that is a very
interesting change in what direction most religions has been evolving in the last few hundred years.