Further If we look at the history, man never knew about laws to co exist, it was these people like Adam, Abraham, Ram, Buddha, Nanak, Jesus, Moses, David, Aaron, Noah and Muhammad that religions of today are thriving and based on those commonality of ideas originating from religions of old, that today's system of governance is based on. Whether you look east or west. We derive the same light from a star called Sun. I wonder what would have happened, if there were two stars, then it wouldn't have been all darkness. Darkness too has a very important role to play. And continuing Moon would have no role to play.
Though, after the world wars, extremist ideologies of any form were put to nil. Equality, freedom and human rights were brought into picture. These are the same things above said people preached. They achieved tremendous success and that is the reason why today we have so many religions co existing.
That doesn't mean extremist ideologies have evaporated from earth, they are there still since time immemorial. Only the battle grounds are being different.
I don't think religion's of old had any thing to do with these extremist ideologies of today. And also delving further about difference of opinion on religions, all the above mentioned people were mere mortals, though some were humans and some are believed to be God's Avatar, but the idea was one and the same, to save humanity from pitfalls.
Bad things about religion "religious people" is people take it at face value and all of a sudden become God's people and start preaching, that indeed is also the flip side, because it naturally contradicts the rights of other people who do not believe in God or Who believe in a different God.
So, to bring about a semblance of equality to all the concerned groups of people, there should be more discussions on subjects like
Whether God exists ?
If yes Where is He ?
What does God want from its people ?
What people want from God ?
Which religion is true ? ( Based on facts, evidence and critical thinking and not on beliefs ) . This is the toughest question I think, and only collective will of the people can solve it, but not difference of opinion, of course provided people believe in religions.
What violence Religions proscribe ? Are they justified in today's world ? As I think, to ostracize, persecute verbally is also violence.
This is an important question in today's context as many think they have the mandate from God for their actions. And all those people thinking are humans and they are not a supernatural force like Angels etc.,
Are atheist's right in their Observations ?
Where do Atheists stand in today's society ?
Are the rights of Atheist's looked after ? ( because naturally Religions of today are in strong positions )
If God doesn't exist, Which way should the world move ahead ?
What is the price for peace ?
So and so, but the questions and thought process certainly doesn't end here, nor it is the only suggestion coming out of that particular discussion.Discussions and more discussions are needed based on critical thinking and hard facts..............Please feel free to express your point of view in the spirit of the post...
Thank you for reading.