Journal of Discipliana

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To name exclusion as religiously-motivated violence requires us to confront the ways in which spiritual communities contribute to the marginalization of others, both by-design or as collateral damage. While violence against a minority group can be motivated by various factors, religious belief has been historically and continues to be a significant influence toward violence against the LGBTQ+ community. This presents a paradox for Christians whose sense of who they believe themselves to be (rational) and what they believe about the early and persisting Christian witness (loving) creates a religious tradition that is not fixated on violent expressions of divine commands.