Posted by: rudyruddell | July 28, 2010

List of wars due to religion

As for religion killing people:

Generally speaking, in most of the following cases, religion is both
the stated cause of the killing and the only substantive difference
between the two opposing groups. Obviously, there would be many
additional conflicts where religion is just one of several divisions. Remember, it’s only politics (power, resource, or control) only because it’s religion first.

Albigensian Crusade, 1208-49
Algeria, 1992-
Baha’is, 1848-54
Bosnia, 1992-95
Boxer Rebellion, 1899-1901
Christian Romans, 30-313 CE
Croatia, 1991-92
Early Christian doctrinal disputes
English Civil War, 1642-46
Holocaust, 1938-45
Huguenot Wars, 1562-1598
India, 1992-2002
India: Suttee & Thugs
Indo-Pakistani Partition, 1947
Iran, Islamic Republic, 1979-
Iraq, Shiites, 1991-92
Jews, 1348
Jonestown, 1978
Martyrs, generally
Molucca Is., 1999-
Mongolia, 1937-39
Northern Ireland, 1974-98
Responsibility generally (Is religion responsible for more deaths than …?)
Christian culpabiltiy
Russian pogroms:
St. Bartholemew Massacre, 1572
Shang China, ca. 1300-1050 BCE
Shimabara Revolt, Japan 1637-38
Sikh uprising, India, 1984-91
Spanish Inquisition, 1478-1834
Taiping Rebellion, 1850-64
Thirty Years War, 1618-48
Tudor England
Vietnam, 1800s
Witch Hunts, 1400-1800
Xhosa, 1857
In addition, here are a few noteworthy conflicts where dissimilar
ethnic groups fought for primarily religious reasons:
Arab Outbreak, 7th Century CE
Arab-Israeli Wars, 1948-
Al Qaeda, 1993-
Crusades, 1095-1291
Dutch Revolt, 1566-1609
Nigeria, 1990s, 2000s

NOTE: This list doesn’t even include unseen effects of religious dogmas and the millions and millions of lives that could have been or be saved in the past and future through science (i.e. stem cell research) or simple common sense (use of condoms to prevent AIDS), or abortion in cases where the child’s and parents quality of life greatly diminishes or even exist …etc, etc.

Source: Post by Gil Malonzo 7/28/10



  1. […] Most wars […]

  2. Wonder how many people died in each of these wars, and how many famous people were burned alive, such as various astronomers, etc.

    If any other group had a death list like this, no one today would associate with them. But because it’s religion . . . Truly appalling!

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