“Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave.”
– Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, US Confederate General
I’m no pacifist, but there’s something about this quote that worries me about how religion can enable militarism and war, and enable men to throw their lives away under false assumptions about God’s protection. In essence, it says war is without consequences because any deaths are merely according to God’s plan.