Dualism or Duel?

The Question That Transforms Religious Conflict  

Brian Worley


I’d like to invite everyone to review notable exchanges involving religion. First, I’ll ask you to evaluate the following conflicts and then classify which of the two approaches were taken.  

 Some historic/notable religious conflicts:

 Catholics vs. Protestants      Palestinians vs. Israel      Islam vs. Secularism

Christianity vs. Islam       Secularism vs. Christianity

  Characteristics of:  


Duel (ism)

Dual (ism)

 a conflict between antagonistic persons, ideas, or forces [Merriam-Webster]

consisting of two parts or elements or having two like parts [Merriam-Webster]



1. Disapproval facilitates entrenched combative positions. 

1. Grants/accepts the right of the other to exist.

2. “Truth” is always in debate; subjects tend to have skewed epistemology due to biased worldviews.

2. Epistemology isn’t the center of the universe, esteems pragmatism.

3. Dogmatic

3. Egalitarian

4. Insecure/Immature/Self Centered

4. Secure/Mature

5. Constructive energy allocated for defense

5. Liberates constructive energy

6. Passion blinds, thwarts progress

6. Progressive

7. Victories short lived, perpetual strife

7. Absence of conflict

8. Passion is the attraction

8. Attraction is passive

9. Fights for supremacy

9. Pragmatic understanding of humanity

10.  Environment begs conflict

10. Environment of peace


While we could argue most anything, if so inclined, the path historically taken has been to duel. Did you classify all of the exchanges as a duel?  This writer has but notes that the Protestant Reformation (which started as a duel) evolved into dualism with residual complications.  Can you imagine how different history would be if a dualistic approach were taken in each case?

Dualism is the path of the peacemaker. Dualism is the school of thought that Ex-Minister has developed in its approach toward religion. I’d like to ask the world to take a vow to “swap a vowel” and take a dualistic approach. Doing so would impact society and give impetus to those who want to “be the change you desire to see in the world.”

Dualism’s challenges are contained within the heart of man. While most believe their viewpoint is correct, dualism’s appeal is in its character. You can believe what you want to believe; no ideological compromise is necessary. The bottom line is our confidence and ability to model our belief without resorting to any sort of evangelistic aggression. Our approach to religion matters, it’s difficult arguing with dualism’s mindset.


Brian Worley    Ex-Minister.org       October 3, 2012     All Rights Reserved

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