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50% of all genocide deaths. The Christian civilization, therefore, emerges as the most violent and genocidal in world history. 5. Christian apologetics often charge anti-religious ideologies with perpetrating more violence than religious civilizations. Taking a broad view of history, rather than a perspective constrained to the Cold War period, our study does not confirm this hypothesis. 64% of the total death toll across civilizations over the time period 0-2008 CE). As these deaths are spread over a mere 18 events, it is true that the average death-toll per event is higher than in any other civilizational category.
Had this not been the case, the Sinic civilization could have surpassed the Christian as the most belligerent civilization. 7. It is safe to say that the Islamic civilization has, before and after 9/11, been on the receiving end of media charges of violence and bigotry. This may be due to the large number of events in which the Muslim world has been involved: 81 acts of political violence, including 9 of genocidal character (in both instances ranking second in terms of number of events). However, in terms of deathtoll the Muslim world’s share of death toll is ranked at the bottom, with only the Indic civilization as more pacific.
However, in terms of deathtoll the Muslim world’s share of death toll is ranked at the bottom, with only the Indic civilization as more pacific. 52% of the total world death-toll, and is thus around a sixth of the Christian civilization’s share and around a quarter of the Antitheist contribution. 80%. 8. Contrary to the Islamic civilization, the Buddhist civilization has enjoined an exceptional good press in the West. 19% of the total death toll). It should be noted that many instances of violence from the Buddhist civilization derive from Japanese actions, including the sole engagement of genocidal violence with the death toll of 300,000.