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  • "I have no religion, but if I were to choose one, it would be that of Shariati's." Jean-Paul Sartre ---------------------------------- My Lord, grant me success in struggling during failure, in having patience in disappointment, in going alone, in Jihad without weapons, in working without pay, in making sacrifice in silence, in having religious belief in the world, in having ideology without popular traditions, in having faith (Iman) without pretensions, non-conformity without immaturity, beauty without physical appearance, loneliness in the crowd, and loving without the beloved knowing about it. ----------------------------------
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Religion and War

Posted by Parsin on March 25, 2008

بيت المقدسI agree that a trace of religion could be seen in some wars in the history, but I would discuss whether religion was the cause of these wars or it was used as a tool to call people in a war which was in fact for the sack of those who even didn’t believe in that religion. Of course, I don’t deny that there has been wars dictated by clergymen, but again there has been some other factors that were the main cause.

I would like to make a quotation from Ali Shariati:”In history, deception (clergymen fooling people by religion), force (army, weapon), and wealth (money) have always formed the triangle of power.” It is obvious then where the religion would stand! But which religion?

Since has done more crime than religion. Who has made such a sophisticated weapons? Who invented atomic bomb to kill thousands and hurt millions of people in Hiroshima? There are many to say.

Nationalism has caused a lots of wars. Same as Racism, same as Imperialism! Who is behind the war in Iraq?! Who was behind the war in Vietnam?

I don’t think we can leave religion for what others have done under its name! Same as we can not leave science.

Moses, Jesus, Mohammad and other prophets of the God, all had the message of peace. They called people to help each other, to help poor, to help oppressed ones!

9 Responses to “Religion and War”

  1. Interesting article!I would like a dialogue. Here is my link.

  2. Persian said

    Hi Gomez,
    Thank you for the interest. I would be glade to do that. Please let me know if you have any comment on these posts.
    Also, I would like to exchange links if you don’t mind! I am going to link your blog under “WP Neighbors”.

  3. I accept that I could be completely wrong but on first impression you appear to face historical facts as they appear without prejudicial rhetoric, especially your first human rights charter.

    WP neighbours sounds great! never tried it so will have to find out.

    I disagree with any form of nationalism/guise of patriotism because I am an individual first before anything else.

    I am a Christian and Jesus did not always practice peace.

  4. Parsin said

    The first charter of the human rights is the words of Cyrus, King of old Persia. It is now know as the first document about human rights. I have written in another post about it.

    I am wondering that you believe Jesus was not “always” practicing peace. Then it would be interesting to hear from you about the non-peaceful actions (practices) of him.

  5. Parsin Thanks

    I wrote about it in the context of Rev Wright and the Fig Tree and entering the Temple.

    I have no desire to influence your mind so it is best if you read these pieces of text for yourself and come to your own conclusion.

    The passages are from Mathews Gospel and can be found here.

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