This can lead to highly selective and biased interpretations which are indeed very dangerous. Instead of examining the tradition as a whole there is a tendency to focus on material which appears to justify violence. Such material is usually balanced by the ultimately humane visions of the faith communities, but in times of conflict these ideals can be drastically corroded.
It is vital for religious communities to take responsibility for the violence done in their name and challenge their extremist off-shoots, but this can demand great courage and self-sacrifice.
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