I fear that a state, or a large terrorist group with sufficient resources, run by people who believe that religious struggle to the death is glorious and that a martyr’s death and the afterlife given by it are better than continuing to live here on earth, will gain access to nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction and kill huge amounts of people, if not functionally enough all life on the planet, through some misguided scheme to find Allah.
You know, the same sort of nation states who purportedly roped children together with little “keys to paradise” to ensure their entry into the afterlife with 72 virigns and endless fig supplies or whatever, and sent them into minefields and suicide missions. The same sort of terrorist groups who send teenage girls into crowded civilian areas and detonate them.
This leads to an interesting question - in the last 50 years or so, maybe even last 100, after Christianity grew up and became half-way presentable, have there been any other religions that have inspired deadly events on the level of 9/11, the Madrid train bombings, etc.? My immediate thought is the Hindu slaughter of Muslims, but then the Muslims are in the equation again, so that is not a completely clean event. Anything else? I’m looking for things like Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, etc. blowing up a concert hall in Qum, or driving a truck bomb into Riyadh or some sort. Anything on the “hundreds of deaths” scale of that nature?