On religious violence

New Digital Journal article by Frank Kaufmann 

Boko Haram


The part of religion that can be tied to violence is the ideological part, the grand systems purporting to explain reality and life, and help people deal with scary uncertainties, confusion, injustices, disorder and disaster. Ideologies can cause violent behavior by what is affirmed and taught, or by the intensity that some people attach themselves to these assuring views and explanations.

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