Does religion couse war/terrorism?ı need write an argumentative essay about that topic, and ı am hopeless about writing body paragraphs.

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The attack on the Twin Towers was reportedly made because in New York there are multitudes of Jewish people who live and work in New York, and, in fact, there were Israelites who worked in these Towers. The World Trade Center meant International Jewry to the terrorists.  The United States is referred by the Islamic terrorist nations as a Zionist Occupied Government--ZOG.  Certainly, war and religion are connected! 

Look at the Old Testament with all the conflicts and wars, the God of Israel and the idols such as Bahl.  The conflict between Palestine and Israel is clearly faith-based. Iran's intense hatred for Israel goes back to the conflicts of Persia with the Israelites.  While some wars were under the guise of religion when they were economic, not all wars are economic. Terrorism is modern-day warfare and its purpose is purely religious fanaticism, which has always been dangerous.

wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would argue that it is man's flawed nature that leads to war and terrorism.  Most religions teach peace and harmony.  In fact, I can't think of any religion that teaches hatred and violence.  It is our own nature that causes us to act in the name of religion and yet against its principles.  Many wars and terrorist events are blamed on religion.  One group will claim the right to be in an area or act in a certain way because of their religion.  For instance, the Crusades were fought in the name of religion.  Even the pope declared that it was not murder to kill in the war.  Of course, the Bible does not give dispensation for such wars.  It was purely the acts of men that led to violence and war.

rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I will argue for a middle course, which emphasizes religion as an ideology. Many factors cause wars, and religion can be one of those factors, or it can be a language with which to express other grievances. Leaders can be quite adept at mobilizing support for various causes by using religious rhetoric, which touches people at a very basic and profound level. If religion causes wars, it's because it is tightly bound up with other political and economic issues, and I think the Crusades, especially after the First Crusade, are a great example of this.


pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'll argue that religion itself does not.  Instead, I will say that religion is merely a pretext for war or terrorism.  I would argue that what's at the bottom of all war is the desire to separate humankind into "self" (the people like us) and "other" (the bad guys).  We do it based on nationality, ethnicity, on political opinions, and on religion.  But all of these are just excuses or pretexts for our desire to hate the other.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Religion has often contributed to both war and terrorism. People get very passionate about religion. When they get passionate, they often get violent. You can see it all around, but especially in the middle east. Look at the burning of the Koran in Afghanistan, and the trouble that caused. There is nothing people take more personally than what they feel is an assault to their most deeply held personal beliefs!
enotechris eNotes educator| Certified Educator

All wars are economic. It's as old as the apes at the waterhole in the movie 2001. The desire to possess your neighbor's resources, although not completely wrong, becomes the ancient point of contention when that desire is expressed as theft instead of barter. When a culture amasses enough force, it goes and takes what it wants -- and covers its actions with the blessings of God.


hajmur | Student

no, religion absolutely does not cause terrorism(at least mine doesnt) but its the people who go astray and stit up trouble and make a bad impression of their religion

boeing | Student

ofcourse not,if you take a look at beginnig stages of Islam,the first thing used for capturing different countries was through negotiations(which you see in several letters of Mohammad to rulers of the time) and War was the last factor that was done by muslims.If you see Al-Qaede group are killing people under the name of Islam, you should know they are not Muslims but non-blieavers.always Islam is with peace.

mechanic1993 | Student

Thank you! now ı have idea what to write about it..

wanderista | Student

Yes, it does. Let's have a look at the Crusades, for an example. The war was all about ownership of the Holy Lands, or Jerusalem. The Jewish people wanted the lands as it was St David's land. The Christian people wanted the lands as it was the place of Jesus' birth. Finally, the Islam people wanted the lands as one, they were already there and two Mohammed saw the land as significant. Therefore, a massive bloody battle occured over land ownership, because of religious impacts. This is all in a nutshell, of course.