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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French Muslims attended Mass today all over France, to mourn for Father Jacques Hamel and to show solidarity with French Christians.
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.
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.
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.
When I think of the families murdered in Nice, I see stripes on my savior's shoulders.
These small-scale attacks are now ISIS's go-to strategy for its jihad. And in many ways, they are more terrifying.
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.
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.
In the end ... the flowers will win, and all who dared to mourn will be comforted. This we know by faith.
While some pray for the victims of the Bastille Day massacre in Nice, others celebrate the destruction as an answer to their prayers.
Jonathan MS Pearce
In reality more guns is a problem, when we look at the correlation of more guns = more gun deaths.
Janel Apps Ramsey
So what can be said in the midst of all of this?
I dearly wish I had been wrong.
To me...the person who drove his truck, screaming "Allahu Akbar" was praying. He was screaming out "God is great!"
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.
In the wake of Orlando, let's talk about guns, rights, and social policy.
Is it moral to create a culture where queer people are kept in the closet?
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.
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.
Today, I have seen many evangelicals decry the Orlando attacks—many of the same evangelicals who have spent years fighting gay rights.