Os Guinness on Religious Violence
Is religion inherently dangerous? Isn't it the cause of ethnic and sectarian violence around the world? Os Guinness, social critic and popular Christian speaker, founder of the EastWest Institute, gives his take in this brief clip from The Veritas Forum. Watch and then share your thoughts with us!
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For much of the last quarter century,
it would have been a safe but sad bet
that someone somewhere in the world
would be killed every moment
in the name of religion.
Our secularist friends would jump in
immediately and say, "Ah, there you go.
how religion poisons everything."
But of course we know that
more people were killed under
secularist regimes in the twentieth
century than all the western repressions put
So sadly today we have to say,
as we look back, while a hundred million
were killed in war,
another hundred million
under political repression,
yet another hundred million were killed
in ethnic and sectarian violence.
Now as people look back on those
dark years and the witch's brew of ancient
hatreds you can see in many parts of the
a number of lessons were clear.
The first was:
living with our deep differences, when
those differences involve our ultimate
religious or secularist,
is one of the world's great questions.
That sounds abstract compared, say, with
nuclear proliferation or HIV/AIDS,
and yet it underlines so many of the
challenges of today and the
of the future.
A second thing that was clear:
this problem of living with our deep
differences is being intensified by the
emergence of a global public square. - Os Guinness