Religions motivate people to relate to each other, to create understanding and to foster peace. But religions can be abused for political ideologies. Formulated as a universal right to truth, religion can turn into a claim to power, which may lead to violence. Recognizing this, the Ecumenical Council of Churches proclaimed the Decade for Overcoming Violence, which will end in 2010.
- Does religion have a tendency to impose its claim to truth through violence? Under what conditions?
- How is communal life possible in a society with multiple claims to truth?
- Do political views promote a claim to truth, especially when they legitimatize themselves religiously?