Religion and the Cause of War Essays

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Many times we can’t pin down the precise reason as to why wars are caused, but we can say as to why we choose to fight. We fight to defend what we believe in. Many would say that war is not caused by religion, but what exactly is religion? Religion is “Something one believes in and follows devotedly; a matter of ethics or conscience.” (dictionary) Although many things cause war, one cannot discount the role religion plays in the cause of war. According to Prominent US Catholic theologian Dr. William Cavanaugh “If one tries to limit the definition of religion to belief in God or gods, then certain belief systems that are usually called “religions” are eliminated, such as Theravada, Buddhism, and Confucianism. If the definition is expanded …show more content…
Those involved in Judaism believe in fighting for survival as well as fighting a “Just War”. Christians are not in favor of killing, but they feel that at many times its unavoidable. This shows that Christians believe in fighting for what they believe in. The Islam Religion believe in defending their faith, if someone goes up against their religion they believe in fighting to defend what they believe. Buddhist believe in killing if there are certain justified reasons. If one is attacked and one can be killed to save two then the killing is justified. Killing is a very big offence to those who believe in Hinduism, they do not believe in killing by any means. Sikhism believe in respecting people no matter what they believe therefore, they do not believe in war. (Hooker) In any religion you will find people in a particular religions whose beliefs are a little different thought out, but the majority will all believe the same thing. Although just because someone believes in fighting doesn’t mean they will, but seeing that most of the religions are not completely opposed to war is rather compelling, seeing as many people want to think of religion as being all warm and fuzzy with people holding hands in a circle singing. This is not to say that religion is bad, but it does have some negative effects on people. An intriguing to question to think about is whether or not it is religion that causes war or rather the

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