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

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  • Copyright: 1999-11-17
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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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. 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.

Author Biography

R. Scott Appleby is professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, where he 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Introduction: Powerful Medicine 1(24)
PART ONE: Coming to Terms with Religion
The Growing End of an Argument
Religion's Violent Accomplices
Violence as a Sacred Duty: Patterns of Religious Extremism
Militants for Peace
Reconciliation and the Politics of Forgiveness
PART TWO: The Logic of Religious Peacebuilding
Religion and Conflict Transformation
The Promise of Internal Pluralism: Human Rights and Religious Mission
Ambivalence as Opportunity: Strategies for Promoting Religious Peacebuilding
Notes 309(80)
Selected Bibliography 389(18)
Index 407(18)
About the Carnegie Commission 425(4)
About the Author 429

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