Would the world be more peaceful without religion?

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1. A tangled history

Religion and war: the two have often been intertwined throughout history.

From the Crusades in 1095 right up to the present day, we’ve seen conflict waged in the name of religion. And while many believe conflicts would still happen without religion and that faith is actually a great promoter of peace, for others the two simply cannot be separated.

2. Religion: Cause or excuse?

Having worked in and written about many war-torn countries, Justin explores some of the causes of conflict around the world, and how religion fits in.

3. Sacred notions

Click the labels to see a sample of quotes relating to war and conflict in these sacred scriptures.

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4. At war

These five conflicts are often interpreted as having religious causes. Click on the labels to find out more about the factors that led to these wars.

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5. Cast your vote

Do you believe the world would be more peaceful without religion?

Is religion a cause of conflict and would there be more peace if it didn't exist?
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Here are the results:

  • Yes

    86%
    86%
  • No

    14%
    14%