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How religion can help stop terrorism

In Northern Ireland, many were put off supporting the IRA because of their faith

By Richard English  
A woman and a child walk past an IRA mural in West Belfast © PETER MORRISON / AP/Press Association Images

A woman and a child walk past an IRA mural in West Belfast © PETER MORRISON / AP/Press Association Images

One of the many unintended effects of the 9/11 attacks was to jolt some commentators and observers into thinking again about religion. Many in the late 20th-century West had assumed (wrongly) that religious belief would gradually dissipate as modernity bled into post-modernity and as a secular teleology moved forward through time.

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