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Karen Armstrong examines the intertwined relationship of faith and violence by walking through the history of every major religion, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism and Daoism.
Her exploration reveals that all religions developed in agrarian societies in which landowners battled each other for power and oppressed peasants who eventually rebelled.
The "warrior ethos," she argues, has therefore always been linked with observing a faith.
She talks with Sally Quinn, founding editor of Washington Post blog "OnFaith."