It would be hard to make the case that religion itself is inherently violent. Much easier to make the case, I should think, that institutional religion is by its very nature violent. Institutional religion excludes those who do not belong to the institution. Some people resent this. Others boast about it. Whatever, going back through history to the Crusades and beyond institutional religion has caused wars and perpetuated them. Consider Ireland in our own time. Could there be any stronger argument to pursue unity and ecumenism so far as institutional religion is concerned?
RELIGION AND VIOLENCE
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