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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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(How is that line holding up?) In sections on forbidden food, sacred cows, and holy wars, he discusses aspects such as from community regulation to big business, the limits of law in regulating religious rules, kashrus and the courts, law and politics in a cut-throat business, kosher meat scandals in America and abroad, and oddities and excesses.
The Russian Orthodox Church blessed Russia's intervention in Syria as a "holy war" in late September.
Critique: A seminal and scholarly work of original research, ""The Exiled Generations: Legacies of the Southern Baptist Convention Holy Wars" is enhanced with the inclusion of an informed and informative Postscript by Molly T.
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.
Philip Jenkins's "Dark Passages" obscures some very real differences between Islam and Christianity in regard to violence and "holy war."
Failing to define his terms carefully, he indiscriminately employs overlapping but distinct ideas, such as Holy War, martyrdom, crusade, and jihad.
Fears about the emergence of jihad (holy war) outfits have arisen after the Foreign Office published a consultation document outlining plans to grant licences to private military companies in February.
The news is full of phrases referring to "Holy Wars" and "Air Strikes" and we feel that our world is being helplessly dragged to the brink.
It makes today's action sound like the bloody holy wars when Christians massacred people of the Middle East.
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.