holy wars


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holy wars

[Usenet, but may predate it] flame wars over religious issues. The paper by Danny Cohen that popularised the terms big-endian and little-endian was entitled "On Holy Wars and a Plea for Peace". Other perennial Holy Wars have included Emacs vs. vi, my personal computer vs. everyone else's personal computer, ITS vs. Unix, Unix vs. VMS, BSD Unix vs. USG Unix, C vs. Pascal, C vs. Fortran, etc., ad nauseam. The characteristic that distinguishes holy wars from normal technical disputes is that in a holy wars most of the participants spend their time trying to pass off personal value choices and cultural attachments as objective technical evaluations. See also theology.
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Chapter 3 discusses the dissemination of the idea of holy war among Polish elites of the early twelfth century, and examines '"the right and just" wars waged by Boleslaw III against the Pomeranians' as examples of holy wars and protocrusades taking place at the same time.
The public prosecutor who read out the charges against the two said the suspects were involved in spreading sedition by issuing fatwas (religious edicts) and inciting people to participate in a holy war in Iraq, in addition to embracing takfiri (declaring Muslims as kafirs) ideologies.
The exposition in Holy Wars starts with a summary of his prior views so terse that it misleads.
Noticeably, Jenkins fails to cite any New Testament passages in which Jesus incites his followers to violence and holy war.
For him, the appalling attack on New York with its terrible loss of life was only the opening shot in a holy war.
While examining Judaism, Christianity and Islam in a historical context, the authors corrected various misunderstandings that often single out Islam as the sole religion in the region that promotes holy wars, while in reality similar calls regarding holy wars can also be found in the history of Judaism and Christianity.
God of Battles: Holy Wars of Christianity and Islam.
There are simple lessons to be learned and relearned about holy wars, ethnic hatred and the dangers of religious chauvinism in a diverse secular state.
Religious conservatives are angry at widespread accusations that their holy wars against gays and abortion doctors have created a climate that encourages violence.
It gives them the capacity to be true believers and to fight holy wars.
fr MF, croisade; Sp, cruzada; Lat, crux; " cross " ) Christian holy wars fought during the Middle Ages at the behest of various popes.