In the global rise of religious violence, two questions emerge: what does religion have to do with it, and why is this happening now? This essay explores these two questions, with a focus on the actions of Timothy McVeigh in the United States and Anders Breivik in Norway. It suggests that religion may not be the problem, but problematic, in the global response to the erosion of trust in secular nationalism.

Keywords: Religious violence, nationalism, terrorism, Timothy McVeigh, Anders Breivik, Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, secular nationalism, cosmic war