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Religion, Development and Insecurity: Looking for Root Causes in An Ambiguous Relationship

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The general attitude and appreciation in regard to religion and development, and matters related to God is a positive one. It is also true that religion in its different forms has contributed towards human development. However, it is also true that religion has either directly promoted violence or has indirectly given rise to it. The article sets out to explain what could be the root causes of this situation by using a theoretical approach based on Fukuyama. It is argued that the dominant religious and developmental systems which are products of the current Western worldview generally do not give value to what is different from them. This is applied to the violence found in The Movement of the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God which had its base at Kanungu in Uganda. Negation of cultural and religious can be seen as one of the root causes of some violence and insecurity in the world without forgetting that each society has its own form of violence. The article suggests that if religion and development are to promote security they must respect and promote differences and diversity in cultures and nature.

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