Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Are All Religions Inherently Evil?

There is a frequent desire in the Charlie Hebdo incident to give Islam “a pass” again.  It is just the work of fundamentalist extremists.  However the Conclusion from a recent essay by Kenneth Krause is more condemning and addresses questions as to prevalence of violence in religions.
Islam is not universally violent, of course. The same polls, for example, show that few British and German Muslims and only five percent of French Muslims agree that honor killing is morally acceptable. But the data from Islamic nations tends first, to support the proposition that Abrahamic monotheism is uniquely adapted to inspire violence, and second, to demonstrate that the belief in one god continues to fulfill this exceptionally vicious legacy. It is no accident, for example, that nearly all Muslims in these countries are particularists, believing that “Islam is the one true faith leading to eternal life.”  In conclusion, none of this would seem possible in the absence of religious devotion to an allegedly all-powerful god
Europe found non-secular humanism as a solution to its long-time problem.  The US attempts “separation” of church from state to keep its religious zealots in control.  Are all religions the basis for evil? Most likely not; just those which are quick to adopt “convert or be killed.”  That would be the dominant three: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

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