There is a widespread belief — amounting almost to a cultural assumption in many influential circles — that assigns to religion an inherent tendency to violence. An extreme expression that encapsulates this and much else is in the subtitle to the American publication of Christopher Hitchens’s book, God is not Great. The subtitle was, “How Religion Poisons Everything.” This assumption sometimes carries with it the thought that religion is predominant, or even unique, in embodying the tendency to violence.
Tony Coady. ABC Relgion & Ethics. 31 October 2019