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Religion and Violence:
When Ideology Meets Tragedy

Tragically, belief systems sometimes drive people to do the worst things.

Violence tied to philosophical and religious differences never seems to go away. When these acts occur how should we respond? In tackling this sensitive topic, Patheos writers analyze the motives of the perpetrators in contrast to their credos and explore ways of understanding the nexus of beliefs, prejudices, and intolerance.


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Muslims at Mass All Over France

Muslims at Mass All Over France

Mary Pezzulo

French Muslims attended Mass today all over France, to mourn for Father Jacques Hamel and to show solidarity with French Christians.

Why Muslims Are Filling France's Traditionally Empty Churches

Why Muslims Are Filling France's Traditionally Empty Churches

Artur Rosman

As someone who lived in Nantes, France for nearly a year I can say that there's nothing more depressing to do in France than attending Mass on any given Sunday.

More Information On the Slaying of Father Jacques Hamel

More Information On the Slaying of Father Jacques Hamel

Mary Pezzulo

It is very easy to hate, at times like these. Our anger is justified. Just make sure that you're getting angry at the right things.

The Front Lines Aren't Where You Think They Are

The Front Lines Aren't Where You Think They Are

Timothy Putnam

May today's martyrs pray for our souls, may they pray for our courage, and may we—through their intercessions—come to more fully understand the presence of God.

God Afoot: On Nice, Dead Cops, and Batman

God Afoot: On Nice, Dead Cops, and Batman

Kerry Connelly

When I think of the families murdered in Nice, I see stripes on my savior's shoulders.

What Terrorists Have Learned Since 9/11 and Why It Should Scare Us

What Terrorists Have Learned Since 9/11 and Why It Should Scare Us

Nancy French

These small-scale attacks are now ISIS's go-to strategy for its jihad. And in many ways, they are more terrifying.

Will the EU Go the Way of Yugoslavia?

Will the EU Go the Way of Yugoslavia?

Thomas Albert Howard

While rumors of its death have been exaggerated by some, it merits remembering that one need not go back to Babylon or Rome to reflect on disintegrated political entities.

Hated for Our Virtues: France, USA, and the World

Hated for Our Virtues: France, USA, and the World

John Mark N. Reynolds

We will win if we persist in our values. Why? Love is more powerful than hate. A just war is more potent than an unjust war: hate loses what it gains.

Blessed Are We Who Mourn

Blessed Are We Who Mourn

Mary Pezzulo

In the end ... the flowers will win, and all who dared to mourn will be comforted. This we know by faith.

Prayers Are Not the Answer

Prayers Are Not the Answer

Michael Stone

While some pray for the victims of the Bastille Day massacre in Nice, others celebrate the destruction as an answer to their prayers.

More Commentary

Gun Control and Good Guys Stopping Bad Guys

Gun Control and Good Guys Stopping Bad Guys

Jonathan MS Pearce

In reality more guns is a problem, when we look at the correlation of more guns = more gun deaths.

At a Loss for Words

At a Loss for Words

Janel Apps Ramsey

So what can be said in the midst of all of this?

The Terror Attack in France

The Terror Attack in France

Philip Jenkins

I dearly wish I had been wrong.

Why I Don't #PrayForNice

Why I Don't #PrayForNice

Martin Hughes

To me...the person who drove his truck, screaming "Allahu Akbar" was praying. He was screaming out "God is great!"

Media Spreads Lies about AR-15s After Orlando Attack

Media Spreads Lies about AR-15s After Orlando Attack

Stacey Dash

You would think in the wake of a historic terrorist attack that left 49 Americans dead, the media would finally be motivated to cut through all the political BS.

Muslims and Guns

Muslims and Guns

Aziz Poonawalla

In the wake of Orlando, let's talk about guns, rights, and social policy.

Why Is it Our Problem If a Gay Muslim Shoots a Bunch of Gay People?

Why Is it Our Problem If a Gay Muslim Shoots a Bunch of Gay People?

Morgan Guyton

Is it moral to create a culture where queer people are kept in the closet?

Orlando and Religious Law: We Have a Problem

Orlando and Religious Law: We Have a Problem

Robert Hunt

All three of the major monotheistic faiths in the west have both in their authoritative teaching, and in practice, prescribed the death penalty for homosexual behavior.

Being the People of God: A Response to Orlando

Being the People of God: A Response to Orlando

Dan Chappell

To be clear, any attempt to link this tragedy with sincere disagreements over Christian theology is opportunistic and a sad distraction from the larger reality of lives lost here.

Orlando and the Evangelical Responsibility

Orlando and the Evangelical Responsibility

Libby Anne

Today, I have seen many evangelicals decry the Orlando attacks—many of the same evangelicals who have spent years fighting gay rights.