When Religion Becomes Evil

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Kimball Essay In Kimball’s book, When Religion Becomes Evil, he addresses five simple warning signs of corruption and evil in religion. The five simple warning signs he addresses are: absolute truth claims, blind obedience, establishing the “Ideal Time”, the end justifies any means, and declaring holy war. These warning signs are easy to spot in writings and actions of those who are involved in religious corruption. The book highlights and details each sign as well as giving examples to represent each. In the four pages of notes left behind from the terrorist involved in the 9/11 attacks these signs were also represented. The first of the five signs, absolute truth claims was represented in the notes multiple times. The terrorist takes different verses from the Qur’an and tries to justify the actions they are going to commit. The words of the Qur’an are interpreted in many different ways by Muslims and in this case the terrorist was only interpreting the different verses in a way that would be beneficial to him. “Sacred texts provide a rich source of wisdom and guidance in the vicissitudes of life. Like all things powerful, sacred texts can be misused through a kind of sanctification of the whole and through selective reading and interpretation. Sacred texts are the most easily abused component of religion (Kimball 2008).” The terrorist takes the words of the Qur’an and twists them in his own mind to make it seem as if the actions are acceptable. Some of the examples given in the notes include the idea of the Day of Judgment and also the idea of if you die striving to get closer to God you will automatically go to paradise. The terrorist uses these ideas to justify the actions he will eventually commit. Blind obedience is the second of the five signs Kimball includes in his book. This sign is not represented nearly as much in the notes…...

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