When Religion Itself Becomes Evil

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The well-known religious scholar and chair of the department of religion at Wake Forest University, Charles Kimball, published a landmark book a few years ago, called When Religion Becomes Evil. Dr. Kimball doesn’t dislike faith, and he is no atheist – in fact, he’s an ordained Baptist minister – but the book describes what he sees, after a lifetime of research, as the five warning signs of corruption in religion:When Religion Becomes Evil.

  • Claims to absolute truth,
  • Requirements for blind obedience,
  • Establishing the “ideal” time,
  • The end justifies any means,
  • Declaring holy war.

In the following five articles in this series on the harm that religion can cause, we’ll explore those warning signs and investigate what the new Baha’i teachings say about each one.

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