Original Research - Special Collection: Religion in dialogue

Religion, violence and abuse

Maake J. Masango
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 3 | a5144 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i3.5144 | © 2018 Maake J. Masango | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 June 2018 | Published: 06 December 2018

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Maake J. Masango, Department Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abrahamic faith-based religions are always regarded as peaceful. The question to ask is as follows: how do its followers use violent text in order to justify their action? This article analyses how extremists within these faiths abuse the text and use violence as a means of forcing non-believers into their faith. They claim that God often sanctions their actions of violence.


Christianity; Islam; Hinduism; Buddhism; Rituals; Violence; Abuse


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