The internet and the (post) modern age has made man increasingly skeptical and increasingly gullible at the same time. Should any claim be made in the name of “science,” it is rapidly accepted as fact. Science does benefit our world and has contributed greatly to society over the course of time, but labeling opinions with tag lines such as “scientific test/evidence shows…” does not automatically equate the truth. Science is always tentative and science is always biased by the worldview of empiricism and the opinions and experience of the individual scientist.
In contrast, anything that is claimed in the name of religion is largely written off as nonsense, as the pervasive belief that humanity has moved beyond religion corrupts our ability to perceive and discern such claims.
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The Claim: “Religion has been the primary cause of war and oppression throughout the history of mankind.”
The Truth: In their comprehensive Encyclopedia of Wars, Phillips and Axelrod document the recorded history of warfare. Of the 1,763 wars presented, a mere 7% involved a religious cause. When Islam is subtracted from the equation, that number drops to 3.2%.
In terms of casualties, religious wars account for only 2% of all people killed by warfare. This pales in comparison to the number of people who have been killed by secular dictators in the 20th century alone.
The Claim: “Thanks to modern science, the days of religion are numbered. Humanity’s superstitious…
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