RELIGION; Fear Not Faith

The Florida Times Union, October 19, 2003 | Go to article overview

RELIGION; Fear Not Faith


It is common for college sophomores to arrive, with a little help from their leftist professors, at the sweeping conclusion that religion has caused more wars and deaths than anything else in world history. Each imagines this thought to be unique, daring and original.

Actually, it is a good example of why Alexander Pope said, "A little learning is a dangerous thing. Drink deep or taste not of the Pierian spring."

Religion did nothing of the sort. Ignorance, coupled with politics, usually was the culprit.

That is why the results of a new poll are both encouraging and striking.

Zogby International, in a first-ever worldwide poll, found that religion is more important to people than politics. Furthermore, most people believe politics fuels violence, not religion.

Also, contrary to secularists, most people of any religion are tolerant of other religions.

Zogby polled Russian Orthodox Christians, South Korean Christians and Buddhists, U.S. Roman Catholics and Protestants, Indian Hindus and Muslims, Israeli Jews and Muslims, Saudi Arabian Muslims and Peruvian Catholics.

None but the Korean Christians put religious activity at the top of their priorities but all except the Orthodox put politics at or near the bottom. …

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