Thoughts on this statement?Watch
Take WWI, for example, which started after years of mounting political tensions between countries and alliances, and was escalated into full-scale conflict by the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. Even in WWII, the start of the war itself was more about Hitler being sneaky and invading places he shouldn't have. The oppression of Jews, Catholics, and other religious minorities in Germany were secondary reasons for the Allies to stand up to him.
Even with wars that have been started over religion, I'm willing to bet that a good chunk of them were actually started because some leader wanted to control a natural resource or gain new territory, then slapped 'fight these godless heathens' onto it to persuade their subjects to join their cause or fight even harder- and even then, conscription, patriotism, or the good old demonisation of some baby-eating, cattle-raping foreign enemy could be similarly effective.
Overall, even if we didn't have religion, humans are nasty enough to find any reason to start a fight.
Ultimately, we see all the time lots of wars being waged for selfish reasons e.g. for oil (couldn't possibly think of a contemporary example) or money. Also general disagreements also occur a lot of the time between countries over other beliefs. I think even between non-believers there are big disagreements on a lot of different ideals, particularly political standpoints, and this causes a huge amount of war.
I think we will be seeing lots of different types of wars in the future including water wars (give them a google search... interesting but SCARY).
Ultimately, this can be understood by explaining what wars are even waged about. Wars are waged, ultimately, based on where power lies. Notice, for example, the main causes of war. Religion, as this comment points out, has caused a huge amount of war because it has a lot of power. 500 years ago when religion was unbelievably powerful, it also caused a ridiculous amount of war. Whatever is powerful causes war. The same is now true of oil/electricity and I believe will also be true of water in the future.
So no, I do not agree with the very strong claim of the statement, although I agree that religion is a large cause of war and without it the amount of war would decrease.
If you think of war like an argument then as humans we have arguments all the time about anything and everything sometimes about religion and sometimes not so in conclusion even if there was no religion there would still be war.
Pol Pot- Cambodian atheistic dictator
Joseph Stalin -atheist who starved millions to death, total number murdered under Stalin’s reign, range from 10 million to 60 million
Benito Mussolini- Hardcore atheist
+ many more.
War comes from the devil, he uses whatever means he can to kill. We can see it in the world now, the devil comes to kill, steal and destroy.
Like the Falklands War or the current disputes over the South China Sea islands - they're based on power, territory and national pride.
I disagree with the statement. It's like saying "If there were no knives there would be no murder".
Religion gives believers a moral code (is it really, though?), a punishment and a prize. And while believers tend to justify wrong doings with their concept of destiny, the fear of punishment or eternal damnation is enough to keep wars at bay...e.g "My neighbor stole my land but I must fulfill gods' will and show him the right way" instead of "I will kill my neighbor and steal HIS land".