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Old December 6 2012, 10:18 PM   #158
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A huge amount of religious beliefs caused a lot of wars.
Historically about seven percent.
Source? I'd like to see more on that.
I first read the seven percent figure in "Dictionary of Wars" by George Childs Kohn (http://books.google.com/books). I've since seen the figure in numerous references, differing by a percentage point (up or down) depending on where I saw it.

Prior to the 20th century, in historical times, approximately 40.4 million people were killed in wars. Just in the last century the number is approximately 169 million. The majority of people killed in the 20th century died in secular wars, largest group was in WWII (no surprise there). I find it odd that some people attribute a high percentage (sometimes half) of all wars and war deaths, to religion.

From my studies, the leading cause of war is territorial expansion, and resistance to it. There are other causes of course, including religion.

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