Perception of Religion
Religion is a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices; a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith, according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (online, 2006) .It also maybe just the most controversial topic discussed known to man. In the following arguments, two viewpoints being discussed, Atul Joshi (author of the essay “The Concept of Religion in Modern World”) passionately expresses that religion is the root of all conflict in the world and the concept is completely ludicrous. The Buddhist Dalai Lama says on the contrary, he believes that if society really embraced world religions it would most definitely create world peace and that it is vital to civilization. The Dalai Lama’s method of persuasion seems stronger than Atul Joshi’s. In Atul Joshi’s essay he raves on and on how religion “in the modern world has no place” and makes his belief of religion being the cause of conflict in the world very apparent. His tone overall is sadistically sarcastic and the few supporting details his essay consists of, is drowned and weakened by the amount of bias. According to Luc Reychler in The International Journal Of Peace Studies (Religion And Conflict), 24 wars had taken place over the course of several years with religious dimensions, two examples of these wars are Myanmar/Burma which generated in 1948 and was generally between the Buddhists and the Christians (this war is the world's longest-running civil war). Another example is the Israel/Palestinian war which began in 1968 and was between the Jews and Arabs (Muslims-Christians). He makes it a point however, that there are no “pure” religious conflicts and for each conflict in which religion is involved, a cross impact analysis is necessary. Conflict may be brought on by “racial, cultural linguistics, territorial, and...
Patrick F. Fagan Ph.D, “Why Religion Matters: The Impact of Religious Practice on Social Stability” The Heritage Foundation, December 18, 2006
Merriam-Webster 's Collegiate Dictionary (online, 2006)
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