With all due respect to our European friends, you are missing the point about Religion. Religion IS politics
, and a very cut throat, stab your mother in the back, brand of politics it is. Whether it is a Government, or a Religious creed, any time you have a small group of people who exert some form of control upon a greater mass of people, that small group is going to make efforts to both increase it's control on those it already has, and dominate any rivals it perceives. This is the same reason that Socialism has been doing it's level best to stomp Religion in Europe into the mud for over a hundred years. Leaders may not truly believe that they are serving God by starting some "Holy War", but the masses need some reason to charge a machine gun nest, or strap explosives onto their bodies and smile when they flip the trigger.
People in general, the average population, would probably just live their lives in peace. The leaders of any region that want to increase their power need a way to get their people fired up enough to do their bidding. Religion is perfect for this. It is emotional. It is very easy to point at some different creed or sect and say, "Those people eat Pork!! Those people serve the Devil!! They do this Wrong!! They do that Wrong!! and they say that YOU
are Evil!!", and since the leaders of that different creed or sect are saying much the same thing about group A, the leaders even have Proof. Viola'.... instant anger and hatred. Then the leaders of both regions can take their pissed off followers and point them at each other like a loaded gun.
Yes wars are fought with political goals in mind. Religion is the ammunition used to actually fight them in very many regions around the world. If you don't believe that Religion is strong enough to cause people to fight, I suggest you do a news search on the words Europe, and Muslim. If you would say they are angry because of economic hardships, then why aren't poor Christians bombing trains and rioting? I am not saying anything against Islam in general, but too many young Muslims are being loaded into the gun of hatred for everyone to ignore. The Mullahs that are doing this want what? Political power. So you are right...just don't tell the hordes of people who believe they are fighting because God wants them to.
What i'm saying is that today religion have no more the power it had, both one people and states, that it had in middle ages.
Exactly. I just finished a 1,200 page college text on European history starting at the end of the dark ages. At least 500 pages were spent discussing the various wars fought between Catholic countries and Protestant ones. No, they were not exactly trying to exterminate each other, they were trying to gain political control so that they could dictate which Religion would be dominant in different countries and therefore dictate who would be an ally in the next round of wars. Yes Catholics fought Catholics...and Protestants fought Protestants, but most often the sides lined up along Religious creed.
I'm not saying Religion should be the focal point of 2020. But if you ignore it's importance in the political arena, you will be ignoring a top five motivating factor in conflicts around the world.