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Most believe religion is peaceful, but causes war, survey suggests.

Most believe religion is peaceful, but causes war, survey suggests.

Findings from Theos Report by Prof. Robin Gill, ‘Killing in the Name of God’ features in Church Times article 27/07/2018

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WHILE six out of every ten people think that faith teachings are essentially peaceful, seven out of ten believe that most wars in world history were caused by religions, a new survey for the think tank Theos suggests.

Nearly half (47 per cent) think that the world would be a more peaceful place if no one was religious, but only eight per cent believe that religions are inherently violent, and 81 per cent agreed that religious extremists, not religions themselves, are violent. 

Almost two–thirds think that most religious violence is really about other things, such as politics, socio–economic issues, or Western foreign policy. that rose to nearly three–quarters of minority religious respondents among the 2042 British adults interviewed by ComRes.

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Robin Gill

Robin Gill

Robin Gill is Emeritus Professor of Applied Theology at the University of Kent. He has published extensively in sociological theology, the sociological study of churches, Christian and religious ethics, and health care ethics.

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Posted 27 July 2018


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