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    Today is the anniversary of the St. Bartholemew's Day Massacre, in which thousands of Protestants throughout France were murdered by their Catholic countrymen. In our day and age, do you feel religious conflicts are declining or increasing?
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    It's the same but now we've got guided missiles and nukes.
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    (Original post by SolInvincitus)
    Today is the anniversary of the St. Bartholemew's Day Massacre, in which thousands of Protestants throughout France were murdered by their Catholic countrymen. In our day and age, do you feel religious conflicts are declining or increasing?
    Well, in the west they're declining. Obviously. In fact we havn't had a religious war of any significance in Europe since the 30 day war back in the sixteenth century (and even that wasn't entirely religious)

    The award for the bloodiest century in the history of mankind goes easily to the 20th Century and we owe far more to secular philosophies than religion for that.
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    In the west, at least, they are declining, but even in the 16th and 17th centuries religion was just the pretext, the reasons were more to preserve the balance of power and to make your own nation great than to destroy Protestantism. But secularist ideals have killed many more (Nazism and Communism being the most notable) than religion ever has.
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    (Original post by Howard)
    Well, in the west they're declining. Obviously. In fact we havn't had a religious war of any significance in Europe since the 30 day war back in the sixteenth century (and even that wasn't entirely religious)

    The award for the bloodiest century in the history of mankind goes easily to the 20th Century and we owe far more to secular philosophies than religion for that.
    Thirty years' War, actually.

    The two main ideologioes in WWII- nazism and communism- have quite a lot in common with religion- most obviously irrational faith with no evidence to support it. Certainly religion played a strong part in the self-identification of Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks in the break-up of Yugoslavia.
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    (Original post by Weejimmie)
    Thirty years' War, actually.

    The two main ideologioes in WWII- nazism and communism- have quite a lot in common with religion- most obviously irrational faith with no evidence to support it. Certainly religion played a strong part in the self-identification of Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks in the break-up of Yugoslavia.
    Typo. Apologies.
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    (Original post by Lord Waddell)
    secularist ideals have killed many more (Nazism and Communism being the most notable) than religion ever has.
    I'm pretty sure that's false actually.

    In the west religious conflict per say is definitely declining but nbot in other parts of the world - just look at Rwanda
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    There was nothing religious about the Rwandan massacres. Roman catholic Hutus enthusiastically chopped up roman catholic Tutsis.
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    (Original post by TKR)
    I'm pretty sure that's false actually.

    In the west religious conflict per say is definitely declining but nbot in other parts of the world - just look at Rwanda
    I'm not sure. I mean the Second World War killed 55 million people alone, and the First World War must have killed something like 15 million. Then the Russian Revolution, Civil War and the trouble that came from that killed something like 5 million. These had very little to do with religion insofar as we recognise it, although it had a lot to do with secularist religions which it could be argued that Communism and Nazism were.
 
 
 
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