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Veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour most recent foray into investigative journalism lands her in the heart of of the Middle-East, the Holy Land of the three Abrahamic faiths. In her latest special "Back to the Beginning," Ms. Amanpour travels the world to do research on the origins of the Abrahamic faiths and to interview leading individuals within these faiths. What she comes away with is a tantalizing documentary that provides a balanced, independent history of the Abrahamic faiths.
The Abrahamic religions, while all very similar, have played a major role in nearly every war that this world has seen for thousands of years. One has to wonder how people that follow the same God are all so willing to kill each other in the name of this God. What Ms. Amanpour does in this documentary is explain how these three religions came about and how they often find themselves at odds with each other.
My views on religion are deep and complex and I am far from an expert, but I can't help but wonder that if we understood more about where religion came about and why we believe what we do that we would all be more willing to talk with each other and accept people for who they are.
Why is it that Christians, Muslims, and Jews all believe in the same God, but often find themselves at war over their interpretation of this God? Humans are not born knowing how to hate, it is a learned behavior. Think if these religions that preach peace actually follow what they say. What could the world be like if we learned to accept each others difference and welcome the things that we agree on? One can only imagine.