All the major world religions emerged as appendages of a particular people.
From ancient Babylon, Egypt, India, China, Greece, and Rome until today this bond has remained intact. According to Aztec legend, the peoples who are the Mexicans today were a homeless tribe wandering the deserts of the North American southwest until their god Huitzilopochtli appeared to their leaders.
“You shall be a homeless nation,”
“until you come across an eagle perched on a cactus with a rattlesnake in its beak. This land shall be yours for eternity.”
Like the covenant between Jehovah and Abraham in the Jewish Bible, the god of the Aztecs promised them a far-off land that was already inhabited. From their inception both the religion of the Aztecs and the Jews incorporated genocide into their divine mission here on earth. The eagle, cactus, and snake grace the Mexican flag until today. Religion and warfare are part of the founding experience of both peoples.
At the Applied Unificationism (the AU Blog) [Begun on May 1, 2013, it is hosted by Unification Theological Seminary in Barrytown, NY.] several writers explore the application of Unificationism to the wider world. Ronald Brown began his UTS course on “World Religions and Global Conflict” (LTR 5513) in the spring semester 2017. Many of the students were active in interreligious dialogue and eagerly spouted the tried and true seminary and church slogans, “God is love,” “All religions strive for peace,” “Only a few radicals believe in holy war,” and “A nice dialogue over coffee and cookies will bring world peace.” Other students were dedicated to peace studies and taking UTS courses in the topic.
Come to read What the role and function is of warfare in the human condition, and if religion and warfare can be separated and come to hear if humans evolved social structures, governments, economies, literature, and religions that recognized the inborn drive to violence. In biological terms we can say that violence is hardwired into the human genome. >