Fragmentation of religious belief

Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Disunity of religions
Lack of unity among religions
Religious disunity
Undifferentiated religious pluralism
Multiplicity of religions
Separateness of faiths
Mutual disparagement between religions

Division between religions and within a single religion results in intolerance, discrimination, prejudice, conflict, and sometimes war.


Severe divisions exist between many of the world's major religions and between sects and denominations within one religion. Religious war resulting from these divisions can be seen in Northern Ireland, the Middle East and India, for example.

The successes of an international Christian-Buddhist seminar in 1994 were significantly undermined by the subsequent publication of a book by the Pope expressing views of Buddhism vehemently contested as disparaging by many Buddhist monks and teachers. This triggered perceptions of Christians as intolerant, arrogant and exclusivist.

Related Problems:
Lack of human unity
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
26.01.2021 – 17:06 CET