1.1 anthropologists John Monaghan and Peter Just, "Many of the great world religions appear
to have begun as revitalization movements of some sort, as the vision of a charismatic
prophet fires the imaginations of people seeking a more comprehensive answer to their
problems than they feel is provided by everyday beliefs. Charismatic individuals have
emerged at many times and places in the world. It seems that the key to long-term success
– and many movements come and go with little long-term effect – has relatively little to do
with the prophets, who appear with surprising regularity, but more to do with the
development of a group of supporters who are able to institutionalize the movement."
1.2 Anthropologists John Monoghan and Peter Just state that, "it seems apparent that one thing religion or
belief helps us do is deal with problems of human life that are significant, persistent, and intolerable.
One important way in which religious beliefs accomplish this is by providing a set of ideas about how
and why the world is put together that allows people to accommodate anxieties and deal with
2 Religious Conflicts
220.127.116.11 The "Islamic Country" that is currently galvanating across the
Middle-East, murdering people for the sake of their beliefs
18.104.22.168 The series of wars that occured sometime after the Dark Age that consists of
the Christians fighting to reclaim their sacred land (Jerusalem) and punish
heretical Muslims from the face of the earth.
22.214.171.124 In the height of their power, they are warlords almost without equal. They belief in the
religion Ashurism, and are followers of the God Ashur.
3 Arguments against religion.
3.1 Religion as the cause of conflict
3.1.1 Richard Dawkins
126.96.36.199 Religion makes it easier for people to label others, as well as themselves. While it promotes camradry between
those with similar faith, it can create rifts between those with disagreeing opinions.