We've been studying the following world religions:1) Judaism; 2) Christianity; 3) Islam; 4) Buddhism; and 5) Hinduism.  Other than the reasons below, are there any reasons for these religions to...

We've been studying the following world religions:1) Judaism; 2) Christianity; 3) Islam; 4) Buddhism; and 5) Hinduism.  Other than the reasons below, are there any reasons for these religions to go to war with one another?

I'm thinking about the differences between the religions and they could fight over the Holy Land of Israel.  Also, they could fight about who is correct in their beliefs? 

Any other ideas??

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The main reasons for which people of various religions go to war with each other are not really religious.  In general, people are not fighting for their beliefs or against those of other religions.  Instead, they are fighting for power and/or for the control of land.  This is the main cause of the conflict in the Holy Land, not religious beliefs per se.

Therefore, reasons for wars between the various religions will center on places where the interests of countries of those religions come into conflict.  A good example of this is the conflict between Pakistan and India.  The Muslims and Hindus in those countries are not fighting over religious belief.  Instead, they are fighting to try to control Kashmir and to generally have more power in their region of the world.

So, religions may have conflicting beliefs, but these are rarely enough to cause wars.  This is why, for example, Indonesia and Russia are not at war with each other even though Muslims and Christians are in conflict elsewhere.  The wars generally come about because of concerns that are more temporal than spiritual.

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