Terroryzm i religia

The Twin Towers were destroyed by Muslim fanatics. Their inability to perceive the repulsive
aspect of their act is remarkable and requires a philosophical interpretation. Obviously,
religious beliefs can not be tested on empirical grounds or by logical arguments. On the other
hand it would be wrong to assume that every religious conviction is as credible as any other.
The author tries to separate innocuous religious beliefs from insane claims by arguing that the
most reliable criterion of religious plausibility can be derived from Plato’s Phaedrus and the
story of two horses, one white and one black, pulling the chariot of our souls. The white horse
stands for saintliness, the black for sin. One can not do much more to make the distinction
between the safe and uplifting aspect of religion and the dangerous and irresponsible aspect
of faith more precise and specific. Terrorism is a deviation that arises within a religion where
this distinction has been completely confused, where goodness is identified with a blind and
unconditional submission to one group of religious adherents and evil with distancing oneself
from the group. Social and political loyalty has replaced religious loyalty. So narrow an interpretation of can not be reconciled with an impartial concept of sin and righteousness.

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