The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - Political Science - 429 pages
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Terrorists and peacemakers may grow up in the same community and adhere to the same religious tradition. The killing carried out by one and the reconciliation fostered by the other indicate the range of dramatic and contradictory responses to human suffering by religious actors. Yet religion's ability to inspire violence is intimately related to its equally impressive power as a force for peace, especially in the growing number of conflicts around the world that involve religious claims and religiously inspired combatants. This book explains what religious terrorists and religious peacemakers share in common, what causes them to take different paths in fighting injustice, and how a deeper understanding of religious extremism can and must be integrated more effectively into our thinking about tribal, regional, and international conflict.
  

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this is one of the books that led me to researching forgiveness as a part of conflict resolution, and convinced me that there is a role for religious peacemakers in the world. it is a book that can help bridge the divide between the religious world and the international relations world. Read full review

Contents

Powerful Medicine
1
Coming to Terms with Religion
23
The Growing End of an Argument
25
Religions Violent Accomplices
57
Violence as a Sacred Duty Patterns of Religious Extremism
81
Militants for Peace
121
Reconciliation and the Politics of Forgiveness
167
The Logic of Religious Peacebuilding
205
The Promise of Internal Pluralism Human Rights and Religious Mission
245
Ambivalence as Opportunity Strategies for Promoting Religious Peacebuilding
281
Notes
309
Selected Bibliography
389
Index
407
About the Carnegie Commission
425
About the Author
429
Copyright

Religion and Conflict Transformation
207

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About the author (2000)

R. Scott Appleby is professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, where he also directs the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and serves as a fellow of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

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