n International Journal for Religious Freedom - Why is religious extremism so attractive? - life together and the search for meaning : in my opinion

Volume 7, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 2070-5484



Religious extremism must be understood, at least partly, as a result of meaninglessness in the lives of young people. A quest for meaning is part of what is driving thousands of young Muslims to become soldiers of the Islamic State and other extremist organizations. To address religious extremism adequately religious and civil communities must consciously offer appropriate life-giving meanings at both the ultimate and secondary levels, since inappropriate meanings can have terrible and deadly effects.

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