Understanding Religious Intolerance and War

The New Wars of Religion

This article focuses on religions’ role in war. The article explains that although some dynamics of religious wars have changed, many have stayed the same. Reoccurring themes in history such as politicians stirring up religious passion and the common man’s defense of his/her religion is highlighted. The article also mentions terrorism’s newfound effect on religious wars.

 The Economist.The New Wars of Religion.” The Economist. http://www.economist.com/specialreports/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10015219 (accessed October 2008).


Can Religion Be Blamed for War?

Are religious differences to blame for war and conflict? Many war leaders have claimed to have God on their side, but should religion be marginalized in such a way? A “War Audit” commissioned by the BBC program, “What the World Thinks of God,” investigates the links between war and religion through the ages. It was carried out by researchers at the Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University.

 Wooldridge, Mike. “Can Religion Be Blamed for War?” BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/wtwtgod/3513709.stm (accessed August 3, 2008).


God’s Country

This article analyzes the ongoing animosity between Muslims and Christians all over the country of Nigeria. Around election time, the animosity seems to worsen. Whichever religious group loses the top office automatically considers its worshipers second class citizens. This is only the beginning of a string of religious intolerance within the region.

 Griswold, Eliza. “God’s Country.” The Atlantic. http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200803/nigeria (accessed June 2008).