9780195157253

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

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    9780195157253

  • ISBN10:

    0195157257

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-11-07
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

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.

Author Biography


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.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Alternative Global Futures in the Balance
Between Religion and Conflict Resolution: Mapping a New Field of Study
A Critique of Current Secular ad Religious Approaches to Conflict and Peace
Why Modern Culture Fails to Understand Religiously Motivated Violence
What id Midding from Religious Approaches to War and Peace: Judaism an Islam as Paradigms
Modern Jewish Orthodox Theologies of Interreligious Coexistence: Strengths and Weaknesses
Paradigms of Religious Peacemaking in a Multicultural and Secular Context
Healing/Secular Conflict: The Case of Contemporary Israel
Conflict Resolution as a Religious Experience: Contemporary Mennonite Peacemaking
New Paradigms of Religion and Conflict Resolution: A Case Study of Judaism
Conclusion
Systematic Recommendations for Intervention in Contemporary Conflicts
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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