Inherent misunderstandings about religion and violence - EXPeditions

Inherent misunderstandings about religion and violence

by Philip Gorski
  • Key point 1
    Contrary to popular belief, some of the worst crimes against humanity in the 20th century were committed by secular movements – while some of the fiercest opponents of these movements were religiously motivated.
  • Key point 2
    We can also see the idea of a kind of mythical past that will somehow be regenerated in a utopian future through cataclysmic violence in secular movements – like Nazism.
  • Key point 3
    One thing that many people find puzzling today is that violence committed by politically powerful religious majorities is treated very differently from violence committed by marginalised religious minorities.