Monday, May 2, 2011

Peace Quote of the Day - is religion the source of violence?

"It is widely believe that one of the main barriers to world peace is religion, and especially the major traditional religions with their exclusive claims to superiority."
Timothy Keller, The Reason for God

"The 20th century gave rise to one of the greatest and most distressing paradoxes of human history: that the greatest intolerance and violence of that century were practiced by those who believed that religion caused intolerance and violence."
Alister McGrath, quoted in Timothy Keller, The Reason for God

"It is common to say that 'fundamentalism' leads to violence, yet as we have seen, all of us have fundamental, unprovable faith-commitments that we think are superior to those of others. The real question, then, is which fundamentals will lead their believers to be the most loving and receptive to those with whom they differ? Which set of unavoidably exclusive beliefs will lead us to humble, peace-loving behavior?
Timothy Keller, The Reason for God

This is the question, it seems, for all religious people / people of faith in the world today, regarding peace: does your religious faith lead you to peaceful relations with others, to building peace in the world, or to violence?

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God."

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