THINK ABOUT THIS: Has Atheism Or Religion Killed More People?

There is a common assertion among atheists that religion is the cause of millions of deaths that would otherwise not have happened. The implication is that a world without religion would be peaceful whereas religion always and everywhere causes wars.

The implication is further that Christianity is somehow particularly prone to inciting armies to march and clash. Considering the Middle Ages and Reformation eras, there’s certainly an abundance of examples that seem to support the assertion, but, as is well-illustrated by, for example, Thucydides’ “The Peloponnesian War” and Julius Caesar’s “The Gallic Wars,” the ancient pagan world was equally familiar with wars having little or nothing to do with religion.

So the facts of history, especially in the modern era, simply do not support that atheist/agnostic contention about religion and war. As Dr. Frank Turek of points out in the following video, the worst killers have been followers of officially atheistic Communism, genocidal murderers like Stalin and Mao.

And just for the record, the common element in all wars, be they religiously inspired or prompted by non-religious factors, is human nature and man’s ready resort to killing to settle things, otherwise known as Original Sin.

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Author: Mark Tapscott

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4 thoughts on “THINK ABOUT THIS: Has Atheism Or Religion Killed More People?”

  1. Atheism, by a country mile. Modern populations are far larger than in the days of the Wars of Religion in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. If one lumps the several big revolutions of Communism (Russian and Chinese) as Atheism then Atheism wins hands down!


  2. Mark Tapscott, Amen to that….love one another as I have loved you….said Jesus…no killing from Christians…


  3. Philip and Axelrod’s well known book “Encyclopedia of Wars’ studied the question of religion and wars and found religion was tied to a total of 6.98% of all wars throughout recorded history, a minuscule amount. And removing those wars begun by Islam cut the number to 3.23%. Let me repeat: 3.23%. And that measly number even includes the various Buddhist wars.


  4. I’d like to also mention Stalin he was paranoid. Had nothing to do with it being an atheistic society. So to try to equate 20 million dead with atheism is a red herring.

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