Is Religion the Cause of Most Wars?
Many people often state that religion is the cause of most wars or too many wars. As a result they cannot be part of any religious group, and therefore they are in essence saying that these religions cannot be true.
The question to ask here is, is this statement true?
The simple objective answer is no, religion is not the cause of most wars, but is responsible for only a small minority of wars.
Philip’s &Axelrod wrote the Encyclopedia of Wars examining 5000 years of wars (1,763 wars) and found that 7% were religious in nature. If we remove the 66 wars in the name of Islam the number decreases to 3%.
“The Encyclopedia of Wars” by Gordon Martel confirms this data, showing that 6% of wars were labelled as religious.
This finding was further supported by a 2014 report from the Institute of Economics & Peace, stating that religion is not the cause of most wars.
In fact a strong case can be made, that atheism is the cause of most wars and bloodshed. An article entitled “Lethal Politics & Death by Government” (sounds a little controversial!) Has the secular body count at more than 100 million in the 20th century alone.
Millions died at the hands of atheistic regimes such as Mao, Stalin, Hitler and Lenin.
As said, it is very important to know our facts, especially when confronted with an objection such as this.
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