A little help please!
I am writing a paper for school in direct response to a theist who decided to present an argument to our Philosophy class that claims that Christianity has served humankind since its inception in a positive manner. Even though she only includes one particular religion, I am trying to gather as much information as possible to shed light on the FACT that more people have died and justified atrocities in the name of religion than for any other reason. With most wars, modern especially, there is almost always a polictial factor involved, but I want to emphasize how a clash of ideology and theology has instigated, and caused more death and destruction than any other force imaginable when beliefs are taken to the extreme by the so called "righteous" of the world.
I have started with Ancient philosophy and included references to Greek and Roman Mythology, Ancient Indian Mythology- Mayans, Incans etc (sacrificial ceremony), the various Christian and Muslim sects, the Hebrew Bible, the Inquisistion, the Crusades, Gaza, Africa, WW 2 Genocide, 9/11, Catholic Priests abusing children...etc...
I am looking for other specific examples, so can you guys help me out???
I want to expose the human element of religion with the examples I share, in a way highlighting the true nature of each religion, while showing how "people" warp and distort morality and reality for their own selfish, self righteous agenda.
I need facts, the Professor will not tolerate conjecture. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated because there are 50 other people in this class that will be listening to me. A small, but important chance to expose the exact nature of theism to people who are paying for classes that are supposed to make them think. So help me give them something to think about.
Im not expecting anyone to write a paper for me, I just want to make sure the argument is sound, so whatever examples anyone can provide I will investigate in its entirety. Of course, no refernce will be cited or credited as being promoted by the site to keep us all safe, it will come from the books or online sources I can find to substantiate anything contributed here.
Thanks in advance to those who reply!
"Whoever feels predestined to see and not to believe will find all believers too noisy and pushy: he guards against them."