In the Name of God

Every Thursday I attend a round table discussion with a group of 20-30 other men.  Any topic can be on the table, and the free flow of ideas is fascinating.  The meeting takes place at a senior center.  Some attendees are as young as 50, but most are in the 65-75 age range.

Today one of the men brought up the old saw about more people dying in the name of religion (or as a result of religious intolerance) than for any other cause. I quickly responded by asking him what faith was Genghis Khan espousing – or Hitler – or Stalin.

If one examines the historical record carefully, one finds that even the so-called religious wars were usually waged for reasons other than matters of faith.  Religion is often used as a mask for racial intolerance, desire for territorial gain, or other nefarious purposes.

True Christianity certainly teaches against intolerance and war.  Muslims appear to have a mixed message.

I doubt that I won the point.  People will continue to believe what they want to believe.

 

One thought on “In the Name of God

  1. Yours was a reply I have not heard before and was perfect. Everyone immediately thinks of the crusades, the inquisition and Henry VIII’s destruction of the Roman Catholic Churches and priests.

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