Solving the problem of evil in the twenty-first century

Religious Conflict

While this image is obviously very humorous, one has to take into account that it is also a very accurate depiction of the world we live in today.
One of the biggest problems in our society today is conflict between different religions. Such animosity has caused millions of deaths and even entire wars. In this way, humans try to take on the role of being the ultimate judges for one another’s ideals and beliefs. Most religions, especially Christianity, consider their higher power to be the ultimate judge of their actions. While they say this and read many holy books that tell them the same thing, they continue to discriminate and kill in the name of their religions.
Another good example of such judgment takes place in James Hogg’s Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. The main characters George and Robert have very different ideologies concerning religion. While Robert is steadfast to Calvinism, his brother George is an un-devout Christian. Robert then takes it upon himself to kill in the name of his beliefs and eventually kills his own brother with the sense of having done his God a favor. Robert even believes that he has taken the sword of his Lord to carry out such works.
By considering themselves as having the ability to evaluate one another or serve as their own godlike figures, people from different religions will constantly be at war. While Christianity and most other religions are very much the same. Most of them have one divine entity, and are based on the ideals of love and acceptance. Considering this it is easy to say that it is highly hypocritical for these same people to kill or judge those who disagree with them by miniscule amounts. As the saying goes, one should practice what they preach.

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4 responses

  1. This is a great post, I think the overarching simplicity of the comic helps underline how petty and meaningless some arguments about religious differences can be. While certainly not a black and white issue, the comic does an impressive job of pointing out how outrageous it is to fight over religion.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm

  2. Akshata

    I absolutely love the picture, not only because it is humorous but also because it ridiculous; that the two chickens are fighting against each other when they believe in the same thing. Like you mentioned in your post, a lot of the conflicts in our society today revolve around religion. I like how you used Hogg’s novel as an example, because it brings to light how Robert uses religion in the wrong context as a justification to kill his brother.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm

  3. nbe88

    I really like this post. It captures the “animosity” and ridiculousness that comes from people who hold their beliefs higher and believe that theirs is the “true” religion. This comic shows how people have a stubborn nature and judgement when it comes to the beliefs of others around them.

    May 13, 2011 at 4:09 pm

  4. jlai1226

    I love the comic. I really like how they look the same and are holding the same bible so it seems to just be a fight among Christian sects. This has always been a topic that has really interested me, how one religion can have so many different sects fighting against each other to the point of persecution. Sometimes it is such a tiny difference between two groups that causes such a rift while the Bible blatantly teaches unity and the idea of one church body.

    May 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm

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