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date: 23 November 2017

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More time has been spent on discussing the correlation between religion and violence than on any other aspect of religion since 9/11. This was doubtless a defining moment in modern thinking about religion. While politicians and religious leaders are inclined to emphasise that good religion is moderate and peaceful, some researchers think differently. While this article stresses that religions are not only about violence, it holds that the concept of cosmic war argues that religion is driven by a fundamental impulse in the form of a quest for order, and from this starting point it introduces the concept and reality of violence as the pathway to harmony and peace.

Keywords: 9/11, religious violence, religion, cosmic war, quest for order, social violence

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