Spidergoat, if you wanted power and control, you'd use whatever tools at your disposal to attain it. If you wanted people to fight wars on your behalf, those people would need a motivation, something powerful. Religion can and has been used in that way. If you think about it, most religious people are pretty peaceful, and yet look at how many wars there have been and still are over religion. It doesn't make any sense. Religions have always been used as tools for power and control. I believe in god but I would never get involved in anything like that because I don't belong to any religious "tribe", as it were. It's very easy to manipulate religious people into playing down the peaceful aspects of their religion and artificially emphasising the not so peaceful aspects. Israel / Palestine is the part of the world where Jesus lived and taught (I don't believe this myself but many do) and yet it is also a place of mass long term conflict. That's how easy it is to manipulate people. Religion isn't the problem, it's the fact that it can be manipulated, and so it is. Take any religion. For the most part, it is the "good" things in it that attract people to it (ie be good, love others, etc etc etc). Wars are not built on those things. They can't be, it doesn't work. They're built on the tribal / identity / cultural aspects that can so easily be played up. Look at how football hooligans behave. Yet it's not about football.