Any ideology can be used to breed violence. Not only has religion been used to breed violence, but so has communism, which is atheistic.
Wars make it into newspapers and text books. Positive acts rarely do. For this reason, it can look like religions just breed violence.
I have an Indian friend who is Muslim. Many of her friends are Hindu. They would go to each other’s religious celebrations.
Home to Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Sikhs, Parsees, Christians, Buddhists and Jews, India is more religiously diverse than the US. In most parts of the country, these people live in peace. However, there is Muslim-Hindu violence in India. This is the result of extremist minorities from each religion.
It is my opinion that most religious battles are political in nature. Religion can be an easy way to galvanize people for your land grab.
©2016 Stephen L. Martin
Painting: Massacre at Chios by Eugène Delacroix,