Holy Wars depict a contradictory message about peace and violence. On one hand, scriptures advocate messages of peace and compassion, whilst also supporting the violence caused by a Holy War. Elise Bouldings, in ‘Cultures of peace: The Hidden Side of History’, wrote
“…sacred texts are flooded with images of a vengeful and violent god. The warrior-god has dominated the stories of our faith communities so that the other story of human caring and compassion and reconciliation is often difficult to hear.”
Today, religion and war are not as closely linked as they were in previous years. A study at Bradford University concluded that in the last 100 years, there have been very few genuine religious wars regardless of how many people claimed to fight in the name of faith.