While this is true, can’t it be said about virtually everything? Aren’t most human tragedies cause by beliefs of some sort? I get your point, but isn’t it beliefs that fuel hate rather than love the more direct cause of these tragedies than religion in general? I doubt we’ll see the Amish doing something similar to the 9/11 attacks any time soon.
Why can’t they all be true, to differing extents or in different ways?
I’m sort of thinking of the following quote from N.T. Wright:
"I propose a form of critical realism. This is a way of describing the process of “knowing” that acknowledges the reality of the thing known, as something other than the knower (hence “realism”), while fully acknowledging that the only access we have to this reality lies along the spiralling path of appropriate dialogue or conversation between the knower and the thing known (hence “critical”).
Just as a thought, perhaps Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are all talking about the same reality (God) but are in different places in terms of how much of that reality they actually “see” or experience. Is that possible?