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Violence
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Theologically, it can certainly be concluded that all religions have the goal of peace. But the opposite goal can just as easily be deduced. The rejection of violence among the historical conditions of a religion's emergence says nothing as yet about the possibility, in other situations, of justifying violence, and founding it in religion. The historical experience of Christians' crusades and Islamic tolerance occasions doubts as to whether the images of the ‘sword of Islam’ and that of the ‘God…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Violence”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 07 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_SIM_00063>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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