MONOTHEISM AND VIOLENCE

  • Vesna Pavlovic
  • Veroljub Bojičić
Keywords: monotheism, violence, Judaism, Christianity, Islam

Abstract

The strong links between religion and violence were established by the very advent of a reasonable man. We therefore consider that due attention should be paid to the anthropological theory according to which the sacrally constructed primarily for the externalization of violence outside a certain social community. If internal violence poses the greatest danger to the survival of the social group, Freud's assumption of patricide as the oldest human sin and the a priori ritualization of this act suggests us of the fact that he would be removed from his true perpetrators and attributed it to transcendental forces. In this paper we will do a historical analysis of phenomena and processes that point to the violent side of the three most influential world religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Although these mutually related and connected religious systems verbally send messages of peace and love among people, the fact is that in their name riots and rebellions, numerous wars led, enforced religious conversion of major ethnic groups or entire nations, applied draconic penalties against heretics and members of other faiths. The very beginnings of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are marked by violence. Eschatological warnings of Christian and Muslim thinkers are threatening; they warn of hellish troubles that await all those who do not adhere to established religious dogmas. The Jewish God Jehovah is merciless in the sharing of justice; the one who commits an error can't hope for forgiveness. Jesus Christ says that he did not come to bring peace, but a sword. Prophet Muhammad begins his religious mission with long-lasting wars against the infidels. None of these confessions recognize the right to free religious choice. Each one is held convinced that it is precisely her teaching about God and salvation that is exclusively authentic. For this reason, it is considered that the rest of the human race is in God's disfavor, and therefore it is permissible for him to be bullied and placed in a subordinate position in relation to the Orthodox. Religious wars are one of the most important aspects of the history of space whose peoples under the influence of Judaism, Christianity or Islam - Europe, the Middle East and the Middle East. Although geostrategic, interethnic and economic conflicts, religious divisions, especially in the Middle and Middle East, are still very current. This fact speaks in favor of the existence of an archetypal-irrational layer in the psychology of the man of the Information Age. In addition, we must reckon that religion is often instrumentalized in the pursuit of secular goals. There are authors who believe that only in such cases of faith takes on the attributes of violence.

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Published
2019-03-20
How to Cite
Pavlovic, V., & Bojičić, V. (2019). MONOTHEISM AND VIOLENCE. Knowledge International Journal, 30(5), 1337 - 1342. Retrieved from https://ikm.mk/ojs/index.php/KIJ/article/view/938