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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

Religion, Violence and Crime!

"Religion, Violence and Crime" by Vexen Crabtree (2008) Contents (for now):
  1. Violence and Religion
    1. Religious Wars: Politics and Culture
    2. The Role of Strange Beliefs
    3. Africa: A Modern Christian/Muslim Front
  2. The Divine Endorsements of Violence
  3. Monotheism and Violent Intolerance
  4. Discords Between Religious Belief and Law
  5. Why Are There So Many Catholics in Prison?
  6. Sex Crimes
  7. Conclusions

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Reg violence in hindu texts

I find that whatever you have written here about Bhagavad Gita is totally out of context. It has and will never encourage religious violence because of the fact that the atma is eternal. This is so because killing is termed number one offence, be it suicide or killing others. The context of the Gita is a very peculiar one where the kshatriya dharma was at stake and doing one's dharma is the utmost important duty of any person. However the complication there was that the opposing army had so many elders, teachers and relatives of the same family and hence Arjuna was worried. Also, it is most necessary to wage war to punish evil(note this is not a religious cause because both sides followed the same vedic religion).

Therefore, it is totally incorrect to say that there is any idea in Gita and other hindu scriptures that encourages killing of people following other religions.

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