Peace on Earth: The Role of Religion in Peace and Conflict Studies (Hardback)Thomas Matyok (editor), Maureen Flaherty (editor), Hamdesa Tuso (editor), Jessica Senehi (editor), Sean Byrne (editor), David Creamer (author of contributions), Christopher Hrynkow (author of contributions), Klaus Klostermaier (author of contributions), John Perry (author of contributions), Kristen Lundquist (author of contributions)
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 454
Weight: 758 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 34 mm
This volume will be a useful counterpoint for those who associate religious bigotry and scapegoating with the advent of many violent clashes in the world, as well as a valuable pedagogical aid in the philosophical teaching about peace and conflict studies. Religion is only one somewhat inconsistent source in the development of public morality and norms which lead to conflict resolution, but it is undoubtedly an important one and subject to much misunderstanding; battles over faith and belief or between religion and science may be among the most challenging to resolve. The reader will grapple with many such contentious issues, not least the relationship between religion and human rights, the proper place of religion in political life and the most advisable balance between religious and secular institutions. -- Fred Pearson, Wayne State University
This book provides insightful views of the place of religion in peace and conflict studies. Its amazingly wide, yet deep, reports of diverse religions' approaches to peace and conflict offer specific paths to peacebuilding. The editors have assembled excellent contributors, with great knowledge about and experience with the important topics they examine. Every reader will learn about more and better ways that peace can be advanced at many different levels from this work. -- Louis Kriesberg, Syracuse University
This is an important and exciting book with depth as well as breadth of coverage of the role of religion and religious actors in peace building work. The diverse and rich case studies and the theme of constructively addressing 'religious illiteracy' should make it a useful volume for students, researchers, and a wide variety of practitioners. -- Siobhan McEvoy-Levy, Butler University
These insightful essays and informative case studies gathered by Matyok and Flaherty will help readers understand why developing peace literacy is not only something many religious believers consider essential, but also why developing religious literacy is essential for those studying and working toward peace. Peace on Earth: The Role of Religion in Peace and Conflict Studies provides valuable tools to help peace scholars, peace educators, and peace activists alike better understand roles religion and religious actors play today in both conflict and peacemaking. -- Jennifer S. Bryson, Witherspoon Institute
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