w5d Religious Similarities & Religious Belief and Violence

Religious Similarities & Religious Belief and Violence

Below are two separate discussion questions, choose ONE and discuss, must be a minimum of 75 words.

Religious Similarities

Despite the constant conflict between Christianity and Islam throughout history, we have seen that there are some great similarities in them. What similar paths did these religions take as they spread from small groups to millions of believers across whole continents? How did they spread from small groups to large swaths of believers?

There are many answers to this question, but the best contributions with be specific about the parallels in the history of these two religions rather than their specific beliefs. Then please respond to at least two students with substantive, thoughtful reactions to their ideas.


Religious Belief and Violence

This week, we learned about the role of faith in wars of conquest. Why are religions – particularly religions of peace like Islam and Christianity – so often tied to violence? What historical events help us understand the connection between religious belief and violence? Remember to use specifics from the reading to inform your answer here and explain how these events led you to your conclusion.

While we could talk about many religions, let’s stay on topic by discussing the Crusades, the spread of Islam through Empire, and the struggle over Iberia. Provide us with your main answer and then be sure to respond to at least 2 classmates.


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