Religion and the History of Violence by …

Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong at Politics and Prose Bookstore
Armstrong demonstrates again and again that the great spasms of cruelty and killing through history have had little or no religious overlay. In modern times Hitler, Stalin and Mao were all atheists, and the power behind the Holocaust, Armstrong says, was an ethnic rather than a religious hatred. An overemphasis on religion’s damage can blind people to the non holy terrors that their states inflict.

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  1. Maybe the atheists have an excuse for violence but it is not easy to find excuses for those who profess religion.
    ‘Human evil is a natural phenomenon, and some level of predatory violence is innate in us.’
    Sam Harris.

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