Which is worse, tension between different religions or between sects of the same religion?
I suspect the result would be the same. The issue is Tension, regardless of whether it is against a member of the same religion (Intra-religious Tension), or against a member of a different religion (Inter-religious Tension).
Awesome question, really gets me thinking I think it's sects of the same religion.
I don't think it's possible to have sects within a religion without tension, because at that point, you aren't dealing with questions of faith, so much as interpretation. People have the capacity to understand and respect a religious difference, but somehow get much more aggressive about defending the small details of beliefs. Believe it or not, I know one church that actually had to split over the incredibly important biblical question of whether or not Adam and Eve had bellybuttons.
It is the tension between sects of the same religion that has more tension. Different religions have different beliefs. It's easy to understand their conflict.
The reason why there is tension in the same religion is because one believes the other puts shame in their religion, or maybe, the other is accused of not doing the right attitude of worship to their deity.
I'm a christian who believes that our Lord Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God. Now, imagine how hurtful it would be for me for someone who claims to be a christian yet he criticizes the deity of Christ.
To me, no tension surpasses that.
I think both are as bad as each other. It seems non-sensical to me why there should be any tension within religion when it's obvious everyone is worshipping the same god. I don't think Jesus for example, sent out any messages to hate or abuse someone else just because they think differently - indeed he would have welcomed them into his company!
I would have to say tension between sects of the same religion. When we are serving the same God and can't get come together and reason, it gives us a bad name and brings displeasure to God.
Very interesting question....I believe the tension might be worse between different religions. Different sects at least have some common ground they share.
The tension between sects of the same religion is going to be much greater then that of different religions. This is because sects of one religion do share some beliefs, which makes their differences even more infuriating. When you are dealing with other reasons you can understand why they disagree with you, within your own religion it is much more difficult to understand how someone can see things differently.
Looking at this from a historic point of view, there's a stronger case for saying tension between religions has been worse (i.e. resulted in more bloodshed). However, tension within a religions much more likely to divide nations/communities/families, so you could argue the potential damage to relationships is worse.
The fundamental difference between religion or sects is related to faith and faith is religion. So, personally I would say both are equally bad. Intolerance of other religions is the same as intolerance within sects because it is intolerance of one another's religious idiologies.
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