In The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict (2009), theology professor William T. Cavanaugh refutes the orthodoxy that religion uniquely fosters violence and that by imposing secularism the modern state has saved mankind from a world of sectarian violence. Cavanaugh reveals the hypocrisy of the modern nation state whose very existence is based on a secular crusade against the bogus threat of religion.

Joseph R. Stromberg is an independent historian and a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
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Other Independent Review articles by Joseph R. Stromberg
Summer 2012 Jack of No Trade, Masters of War
Spring 2011 William F. Marina as Teacher and Historian: Some Early Impressions
Summer 2006 Imperialism, Noninterventionism, and Revolution: Opponents of the Modern American Empire
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