Most world religion statistics point out that more than 50% of the world claim belief in either Christianity or Islam.
For over 2000 years, the interpretations of “Abrahamic religions” have greatly influenced historic events and cultures. The formation of the Council of Nicaea in the 4th century CE is an early example of debates in interpreting religious doctrine which influenced many future generations.
The historic interpretations of Abrahamic religions are so diverse that they have consistently been used as a reason for conflict or stereotyping. Groups of individual Abrahamic faiths are also recorded to have partaken in major conflicts against each other due to differing opinions and labeling. In early Muslim history, a conflict often cited as the First Fitna is one of the first examples of Muslim civil war. In European Christian history, the protestant reformation is a famous example of conflict undermining Papal power. Conflicts in interpretation continue today to the point that intolerance has been used as a basis for hatred. Today some people even associate the current conflict in Iraq as more of a religious war than a politically motivated one.
With the emergence of the internet, millions of religious websites have appeared online. As a result, has the internet contributed to a progress of religious tolerance? Are people changing ideologies due to globally accessible online resources? Using the models we’ve discussed pertaining to the progression of film theory and HCI, what are some of traits of effective technological tools in increasing collaborative research for religious scholarship?