Why monotheisms are so violent. And why the best monotheists are not.

Violence in the name of a monotheistic religion once again has captured the world’s attention. This time it was committed by killers acting in Islam’s name. Columnists and politicians who should know better claim something supposedly unique to Islam is responsible. This malign misdiagnosis gets two central points utterly wrong.First, there are over one billion Muslims in the world, and the great majority are not violent. Second, while there has been considerable violence by some Muslims in th … [Read more...]

How the ‘Christian’ right is destroying Christianity in the Middle East

Gus diZerega

I have linked to a sad but hopefully thought provoking story about the current travails of Christianity, which is facing possible extinction in the Middle East.   My concern is not so much the faith itself as with the people adhering to this faith.  Christians are apparently at genuine risk of disappearing from the Middle East. The usual reason given is “radical Islam.”I will be the last person to say anything nice about radical Islam, the Muslim world’s equivalent to Christian dominionists, … [Read more...]


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