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In the diary and the seed comment, I kind of made two arguments from opposed directions. In the diary, I'm arguing against considering modern Islamic fundamentalist terrorism as a direct continuation or mainly a consequence of religious tradition, emphasizing the departures from that tradition. (To put it yet another way: IMHO the Taliban and  Daesh are more Mad Max than Middle Ages.) In the seed comment, I'm arguing that, even though religion makes things worse by giving divine justification to ideologies and customs with other sources, tradition is a force in itself which has the power to perpetrate insanities, is a deeper force than religion because it can shape the latter, and can even be stronger than the latter when coming into conflict.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Jun 6th, 2016 at 03:23:43 AM EST
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