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Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapters 5 and 6 in Martin, and review Chapter 4 in Martin as well as the provided List of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, adapted from the U.S. Department of State. To check your understanding of the material required for this discussion, you may wish to access the quizzes and flash card activities on the companion website (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for the Martin text.

Religious-centered terrorism seems to be a central tenant of a new era of terrorism, but in fact, religiously motivated terrorism has a long history and can be seen in the Book of Joshua as the Israelites enter Canaan (c. 1200 BC), with the Assassins of Persia (1090 – 1250 AD), in India (1300 – 1900 AD), and with the Christian Crusades (1100 – 1400 AD). This type of terrorism can be especially concerning, as the belief that the soldiers are following the will of their god can be a substantial force multiplier. When religious beliefs are also bolstered by nationalism there are additional complications. It is interesting to note the number of religious affiliated groups on the U.S. Department of State list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. At the end of Chapter 6, Martin lays out several questions for discussion, reiterated below. Address only one of these questions in your initial post.

  • Is faith-motivated activism a constructive force for change?
  • At what point does the character of faith-motivated activism become extremist and terrorist?
  • Does faith-based natural law justify acts of violence?
  • Why do religious traditions that supposedly promote peace, justice, and rewards for spiritual devotion have so many followers who piously engage in violence, repression, and intolerance?
  • What is the future of faith-based terrorism?

Your initial post must be a minimum of 400 words in length. Support your post with examples from required materials, scholarly sources, or official government sources. Use APA formatting to cite your sources in-text as well as at the end of your post.

 
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