Religion and Violence
What is religion? Religion is the belief in a god or in a group of gods, or an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods, or it can be an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group. How does religion and violence coexist and why are they connected together? Since September 11th, 2001, the United States and possibly the world have put these two categories together. For some of the hard-core people in the world, like Chris Kyle, they say “God, Country, Family.” These words could be used in almost any country when it comes to war and/or violence. Kyle was a highly decorated Navy Seal sniper; he served in four tours to Iraq. In his book American Sniper (2012), Kyle says, “My shots saved several Americans, whose lives were clearly worth more than that woman’s twisted soul. I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job.” Myself included, I have seen and done thing in the heart of battle that would make the normal civilian person say, what the heck! These people that Kyle had to kill posed threats to his fellow comrades. But does religion make violence okay to commit? First, lets look at what George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden both said after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
According to Osama bin Laden, “Fight in the path of Allah, you are not charged with the responsibility except for yourself, and urge the believers, lest Allah restrain the might of the rejectors, and Allah is stronger in might and stronger in inflicting punishment” (Pallmeyer pg. 1). This is pretty much what President George W. Bush said in his September 20 press speech. Bush said, “As long as the United States of America is determined and strong, this will not be an age of terror. This will be an age of liberty here and across the world… Our nation, this generation, will lift the dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail…. The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them. Fellow citizens, we’ll meet violence with patient justice, assured of the rightness of our cause and confident of the victories to come. In all that lies before us, may God grant us wisdom, and may He watch over the United States of America” (Pallmeyer 2). These statements are from two completely different people with two completely different Gods and yet they practically say the same thing. With God on our side we are protected from the enemy.
President George W. Bush became a born again Christian at the age of 40. He publically announced that himself and God had numerous conversations. President George Bush has claimed he was told by God to invade Iraq and attack Osama bin Laden's stronghold of Afghanistan as part of a divine mission to bring peace to the Middle East, security for Israel, and a state for the Palestinians. Evidentially, the former Palestinian foreign minister Nabil Shaath says Mr. Bush told him and Mahmoud Abbas, former prime minister and now Palestinian President: "I'm driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, 'George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan.' And I did, and then God would tell me, 'George go and end the tyranny in Iraq,' and I did." Could it be that God really spoke to George W. Bush or could it be that since there was a plot to kill W. Bush’s father, that the voice he heard was maybe that of his dad? W. Bush could have just hiding behind God and using him as a means for support. Osama bin Laden made a videotape on October 7th, 2001 stating, “Here is America struck by God Almighty in one of its vital organs, so that its greatest buildings are destroyed. Grace and gratitude to God. America has been filled with horror from north to south...
...Religion and ViolenceReligion, which is a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices, serves the purpose of establishing rules and principles in a society. When studying various religions, it becomes apparent that the principles instilled are those that are morally just. Each major religion specifically addresses the issue of violence, and the vast majority condemns such actions. Individuals following a particular religion are expected to follow the rules and principles established which theoretically should create a world that is morally righteous and free from violence. Such is not the case, however, and society must constantly correct immoral actions performed by certain individuals. These individuals originate from diverse backgrounds and religions, and therefore no specific religion can be solely liable. Therefore, it becomes necessary to determine how violence and religion can simultaneously exist because the natures of these two elements seem to be contradictory. Two particular explanations, which introduce historical examples, illustrate how these two entities can coexist. One explanation states that certain individuals feel that violence is relatively harmless, and therefore feel no remorse in performing violent acts. This explanation incorporates classical historical...
Religion plays an important role in the United States. Not only does religion play a huge role in the United States, but it plays an important role in political conflict in America and abroad. Major political conflicts have religious differences since the beginning of time. Religious differences vary from debates about civil rights, abortion, and gender relations in the United States.
It is known that in other parts of the world, Catholic Christians feud against Protestant Christians; Hindus battle Muslims; Buddhists battle Hindus; Muslims are feuding against Christians; and Jews have an issue with Muslims. Most people view their religion as being peaceful as well as placid. The Jews, Christians, and Muslims believe in the “Peace of God,” and Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists teach nonviolence. Although we know about religion vs. religion, we should also know about the three different varieties of religionviolence. One form of violence would be those intended as punishment for people believed to be evil. Another violence is the act of violence that are inherently religious, and the last violence is the clash between the religious communities.
Many people who have different beliefs and who claim to be a certain religion are not necessarily religious, but because they may not be religious does not change...
...Religion and Violence
When most people think of religion they only think of the good aspects that go along with it, and never the violence that goes along with it. All religions have some form of violence in one form or another. There are three basic varieties of religious violence: acts of violence, which are inherently religious; those intended as punishment for people believed to be evil; and violent clashes between religious communities. Christians killed a large quantity of witches during the sixteenth century throughout North America and Europe, this continues in some parts of the world to this day. In some cultures killing a person was one of the most important religious ritual acts. “Religion is capable of bringing out the noblest trait of our shared humanity. It can also, unfortunately, motivate or justify the most depraved.” (Lewis M. Hopfe, Mark R. Woodward, 2009, p.10).
Sacrifice, which is one of the most common practices in all of the religions of the world, is another form of religious violence. All throughout history sacrifices have been made to the gods and the spirit world, usually the sacrifices was food, drinks, or animals, but occasionally there would be a human sacrifice. Human sacrifices rarely occurred in Native American religions in the United States and Canada, but they were...
...Elements of Religion
April 17, 2013
Elements of ReligionReligion is a way of life for much of mankind, and though all religions are not the same, do all religions do the same thing? Can religion be considered as a way to unite mankind, or viewed as a way to segregate them. Lines are drawn by religions even though many look to religion as a way of life. To join again is the linguistic meaning of the word religion. To search or find the divine or sacred is what drives mankind to follow religion in all its shapes and forms. From Christianity to Buddhism, to indigenous religions such as the Native Americans, or Igbo tribes of Africa, while studying religion what components will be deemed critical to the composition of a religion, and what issues will be faced while studying what a religion does, and how. What are some of the ways a religion will honor the sacred, to include different rights of passage in a religion. (Malloy, 2010)
The basic concepts of religion seem to bind most religions together. There are eight all together, the belief system, community, central myths, ritual, ethics, characteristic emotional experiences, material expressions, and sacredness. When humans are raised...
Rev. Ronald Daye
Week Three Questions 1-5
1. What is the significance of the so –called “we passages” in the second part of Acts?
The most significance features of Acts are the parts of it that were written in the first-person. These are the so called "we passages." On the face of them, the author seems to be claiming to have been a part of the story. In other words, the author of Acts appears to be claiming to have been at times a companion of Paul.
2. In what ways does the designation “disputed or undisputed”, affect how one reads the New Testament letters? Does “authenticity” affect the importance power of these texts as “scripture” in the Christian faith? Does the designation affect the role of certain texts as historical evidence in the historian’ task?
Some ways disputed or undisputed how someone reads the New Testament letters are they cannot be proven to us, you have to only believe. The authenticity affect of the scriptures makes you wonder did someone really write the letters and could they be true to what has been written by the authors of the letters. Yes, the designation can affect the roles of texts from historian’s point of view.
3. How do scholars proceed with reconstructing the conversational exchange between Paul and the churches in Corinth? What is the role of Chloe’s people? How do letters play a part? How do we know (what is the evidence for these letters and their...
...English1101 Dr.Eric Martinson Zibo Liu Oct 23 2012 Religion Causes Violence
September 11th, 2001 was one of the most disconsolate days in the history of the United States. Around 9:00 A.M., American Airlines Flight 11 slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center, and United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into another tower after twenty minutes. About one hour later, another airplane, American Airlines Flight 77, hit the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field in Pennsylvania (Schmemann). Due to these attacks, all passengers died in the air crashes, and hundreds of people were killed because they didn’t escape from the Twin Towers before collapsing. This series of malicious attacks not only killed 2,947 people, but also left thousands of people suffering in sorrow ("Sept. 11: A Day for Remembering"). It is well known that 9/11 was plotted by a group of religious fanatics called Al-Qaeda. It is an international terrorist group, and its main goal is to fight a jihad (a war waged by Muslims against infidels) against the Western world and Jews. Being based on a frenzy of Islamic fundamentals, Al-Qaeda organized many violent attacks, such as assassinations, suicide bombings, and hijackings to show their respect to Allah (Bajoria and Bruno). Someone can say Al-Qaeda is merely a group of lunatic people who were under the slogan of religion, and they are not religious believers. However, honestly, by...
...“Religions have developed systems of beliefs to respond to the big questions in life.”
The Protestant Christian Tradition has a set of rituals and beliefs that set the foundation for their faith. The acceptance in a triune God, that is; God as three persons that are collectively one, God; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, is a fundamental part in the Protestant Christian Traditions understanding of the Characteristics of God. His nature is also understood as being transcendent –existing out of space and time, and immanent – being present within space and time. God’s image is present in humanity and thus these beliefs in God and his character enable us to get a clear understanding of our purpose in life, and the responsibility we hold as result of our personal relationship with God.
In the Protestant Christian Tradition, God is understood as having a transcendent aspect within his nature, that is; God is wholly other in the sense that he is unlike his creation and stands above and beyond the fallen created order as one who is perfectly holy. God the creator, is portrayed as being above and beyond his creation “ For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16). God’s transcendence separates him from his creation in the sense of separating himself from the sin that is present in the...
...The promotion of Violence Throughout Religions
Islam, Judaism, and Christianity each have unique historical backgrounds of war
that can be seen as promoting violence. Also, each religion has followers that can take
defending their faith to extremes. Both the Bible and the Qur’an have scripture verses
that by some can be considered violent towards others. The word Jihad, is used to
describe how one should defend theirreligion against unbelievers which again, can be
used by extremists to do harm to others.
"Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all
things"(Quran 2:244). This is a great example of Jihad because it illustrates how one
should fight for Allah and defend their religion. The physical level of jihad, as shown in
the quote, is what most extremists use as a reason for violence. This level of Jihad
states that one should defend against all that prevents Muslims from servitude to Allah.
While some of the teachings of Christianity advocate peace love and compassion,
others have been found to justify the use of violence. “Then said Jesus unto him, Put
up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the
sword”(Matthew 26:52-54). In this scripture verse, Jesus is using the analogy of an eye
for an eye, which may seem to go against many Christian beliefs.