"Men never do evil so completely as when they do it from religious convictions"        Blaise Pascal





 

























Religion has the potential both as a soothing balm and as an explosive fuel in situations of conflict. In the last decade the world has seen a dramatic rise in religious violence, genocide and terrorism.  The cost of this violence is counted in human misery, dislocation, and the tragic loss of innocent lives. 


Some say the cause is not religion but the political manipulation of religion.  Others lay the blame directly on religious exclusivist and intolerant claims to truth.  Religion itself stands on trial in the minds of believers around the world.  Can the universal wisdom in the various teachings of love and compassion, of justice and peace prevail?  If so, how can those who follow these teachings end the violence and begin to construct a new relationship?    


The World Council of Churches in co-operation with consultants from many religions and regions offer this thirteen-minute video discussion aid with printed study guide as an approach to finding solutions.  

Afghanistan:

Radical Muslims and Non-Muslims


Bosnia-Herzegovina:

Serbian Orthodox Christians, Muslim


Brazil:

Roman Catholic and African Indigenous


Cote d'Ivoire:

Muslims, Indigenous, Christian


Cyprus:

Christians & Muslims


East Timor:

Christians and Muslims


India:

Animists, Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs


Indonesia:

Christians & Muslims


Kashmir:

Hindus & Muslims


Kosovo:

Serbian Orthodox Christians & Muslims


Macedonia:

Macedonian Orthodox Christians and Muslims


Middle East:

Jews, Muslims & Christians


Nigeria:

Christians, Animists & Muslims


Northern Ireland:

Protestant and Catholic Christians


Pakistan:

Sunni &Shi'ite Muslims


Philippines:

Christians and Muslims


Russia, Chechnya:

Russian Orthodox Christians and Muslims


Serbia:

Serbian Orthodox & Roman Catholics


South Africa:

Animists & "Witches"


Sri Lanka:

Buddhists & Hindus


Sudan:

Animists, Christians & Muslims


Tibet:

Buddhists & Communists


Uganda:

Animists, Christians & Muslims