In the 16th Century, when Martin Luther fought with the Pope, 7.5 million people died in the ensuing 30 Years War. Or so the story books that pass as history tell us.

In the 20th Century, the biggest theological fight to break out was between Emil Brunner and Karl Barth over how much someone could pick up about God without picking up a Bible. Barth wrote “Nein!” No one died.

Barth V Brunner

Meanwhile, Russia and Germany went crazy and killed at least 20 million each.

Perhaps we should reconsider the idea that the nation state saved us from religious violence?

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