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The role religion plays in world history is at best tremendous Through the ages religion has both unified and divided civilizations often bringing extreme human casualty in the case of division or creating interesting new cultures in the case of the latter In the Ancient civilizations such as the Greek Kush and Egyptian empires religion serves as a catalyst further strengthening the bond found in such homogeneous societies In these civilizations it is important to note that the inhabitants did not conceive of religion in terms of a belief system in a higher moral authority rather the belief system was such a part of their lifestyle that there was no differentiation In discussing ancient civilizations such as the Greek and Kush empires it is also important to understand that nonconformity was not even a mode of thinking therefore there was no room for religious disunity In homogeneous societies religion serves to further bridge the culture together This is not the case in other later civilizations Englands King Henry VIII separation from the Roman Catholic Church in the 16th century presents the most interesting scenario in discussing the role of religion and how it either unites or divides people For the first time moreso than Romes conversion to Christianity a religious division was taking place within a relatively homogeneous society Religion perhaps is predominately viewed by most contemporaries as problematic given the current divisions among many Catholics and Protestants in Ireland and the continuing conflict between Muslims and Hebrews in the Middle East The Crusades serve as an example of how two religiously unified societies become fierce competitors in the conquest for world domination in this sense religion is divisive The dynamics in determining whether religion unites or divides people are extremely complex especially when discussing civilizations from the Egyptians to the English dynasties However three distinctions can be outlined in this discussion Firstly religion serves as a catalyst further unifying homogeneous civilizations such as the
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