Other Discussions on Religion

Religions and Peace


     You will learn more about Michael May in the next memo. It is important to
note here that he is co-director of Stanford's Center for International
Security and Arms Cooperation (CISAC), but he is certainly not a
militarist. He comments:
 "Regarding: warlike and non-warlike religions, Lewis Richardson, the Quaker scientist and investigator of wars and arms races, wrote in "Statistics of Deadly Quarrels," in which he analyzes "deadly quarrels" with more than a thousand casualties from 1820 to about 1940, that, "the Confucian-Taoist-Buddhist religion of China stands out conspicuously [from the other religions] as being either itself a pacifier or else associated with one."  (p. 239, Boxwood Press edition)  The book is considered dated by specialists (it was published posthumously in 1960), but I always thought it was wonderful, in the ethymological sense of full of wonders."
 My comment: I still wonder about the Pol Pot massacres in Cambodia, where
the impact of Buddhism on behavior was limited. China has had war lords and
mass purges. One can blame Stalinism, but not for the war lords. Again,
religion seems to have had limited impact, as Quakers would surely
acknowledge.
 

Ronald Hilton - 01/02/99

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