B) ‘THE CONCEPT OF HOLY WAR CANNOT BE APPLIED TO MODERN WARFARE’. ASSESS THIS VIEW.

AGREE:

  • In this nuclear age, the use of nuclear ‘Holy War’ would oppose teachings of compassion, tolerance and peace.
  • It cannot be verified that it was indeed God’s decree, that began a Holy War.
  • Illogical to argue that both sides can have God’s command to wage the Holy War.
  • Innocent people will be inevitably killed, many religious people would be opposed to this murder.
  • Some claim that not all religious wars are thought on religious grounds, those in the middle east are sometimes considered to view the West as greedy, selfish and oppressive. Perhaps a reason as to why some wage these wars.

DISAGREE:

  • Some would argue that the Just War conditions are the modern equivalent of a ‘Holy War’ and were devised by religious leaders.
  • Religion seems to support violence, God is described as the ‘war God’ in Christianity.
  • Holy war can be perceived as an internal struggle between our spirit and evil. This is the idea of Christianity’s Holy War and inner jihad for Muslims.
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