Between Eden and Armageddon : The Future of World Religions, Violence, and Peacemaking: The Future of World Religions, Violence, and Peacemaking

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Oxford University Press, USA, Jun 26, 2000 - Political Science - 320 pages
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Recent years have seen a meteoric rise in the power and importance of organized religion in many parts of the world. At the same time, there has been a significant increase in violence perpetrated in the name of religion. While much has been written on the relationship between violence and religious militancy, history shows that religious people have also played a critical role in peacemaking within numerous cultures. In the new century, will religion bring upon further catastrophes? Or will it provide human civilization with methods of care, healing, and the creation of peaceful and just societies? In this groundbreaking book, Marc Gopin integrates the study of religion with the study of conflict resolution. He argues that religion can play a critical role in constructing a global community of shared moral commitments and vision--a community that can limit conflict to its nonviolent, constructive variety. If we examine religious myths and moral traditions, Gopin argues, we can understand why and when religious people come to violence, and why and when they become staunch peacemakers. He shows that it is the conservative expression of most religious traditions that presents the largest challenge in terms of peace and conflict. Gopin considers ways to construct traditional paradigms that are committed to peacemaking on a deep level and offers such a paradigm for the case of Judaism. Throughout, Gopin emphasizes that developing the potential of the world's religions for coping with conflict demands a conscious process on the part of peacemakers and theologians. His innovative and carefully argued study also offers a broad set of recommendations for policy planners both inside and outside of government.
 

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Diplomatically the religious factor, which was prominent in the 21st century received a high concentration in the areas where it needed to be used but my readers should always remember that a single religion can't rule the whole wide world......the world needs more than even two sustained religions...whereas this is applicable to the General house of assembly.....a prominent party and many opposition...... 

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Part II has good discourse between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Dry reading Read full review

Contents

Alternative Global Futures in the Balance
3
Between Religion and Conflict Resolution Mapping a New Field of Study
13
A Critique of Current Secular and Religious Approaches to Conflict and Peace
33
Why Modern Culture Fails to Understand Religiously Motivated Violence
35
What Is Missing from Religious Approaches to War and Peace Judaism and Islam as Paradigms
65
Modern Jewish Orthodox Theologies of Interreligious Coexistence Strengths and Weaknesses
87
Paradigms of Religious Peacemaking in a Multicultural and Secular Context
113
Healing ReligiousSecular Conflict The Case of Contemporary Israel
115
Conflict Resolution as a Religious Experience Contemporary Mennonite Peacemaking
139
New Paradigms of Religion and Conflict Resolution A Case Study of Judaism
167
Systematic Recommendations for Intervention in Contemporary Conflicts
199
Glossary
229
Notes
239
Bibliography
285
Index
297
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Marc Gopin, author of Holy War, Holy Peace (Oxford, 2002), is James H. Laue Professor and Director of the Center on Religion, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.

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