Response Paper (3) Kimball and Crime in the Name of God

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Kelley Krueger Intro to Religion Hornsby Response Paper #3: Kimball and Crime in the Name of God Kimball posits five "warning signs" for a religion becoming corrupt: absolute truth claims, blind obedience to a leader, the establishment of an "ideal" time, using the end to justify the means, and holy war. He gives each sign its own chapter as he illustrates how it contributes to religion becoming evil. The chapters give multiple examples of atrocities or bizarre occurrences committed in the name of religion, some of which are: the Crusades, Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple, and Hindu-Muslim conflicts in Kashmir. In each instance, Kimball contends that corruption within the religion is the cause for such evil acts, for if the adherents were true to their religion's foundation, then nothing evil would ever take place in its name. My response to Kimball's efforts will focus on his views of truth claims and Christianity. Religion has been used for thousands of years to mask hate and prejudice. ''Spirituality'' still serves as a convenient excuse for violence and other forms of antisocial behavior. All that is needed is a little false piety; coupled with liberal doses of self-induced ignorance and blind devotion to ''the truth.'' Even the most loathsome attitudes and barbarous acts can then be attributed to ''serving God.'' This holds
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2010 for the course RELG 109 taught by Professor Hornsby during the Fall '10 term at Drury.

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