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

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

By: Marc Gopin (author)Paperback

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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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Dr. Marc Gopin is an adjunct professor of International Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He also teaches at the Conflict Transformation Program of Eastern Mennonite University, has trained over 600 students worldwide in conflict resolution, and acts as a consultant for conflict resolution.


I. INTRODUCTION ; 1. Alternative Global Futures in the Balance ; 2. Between Religion and Conflict Resolution: Mapping a New Field of Study ; II. A CRITIQUE OF CURRENT SECULAR AD RELIGIOUS APPROACHES TO CONFLICT AND PEACE ; 3. Why Modern Culture Fails to Understand Religiously Motivated Violence ; 4. What id Midding from Religious Approaches to War and Peace: Judaism an Islam as Paradigms ; 5. Modern Jewish Orthodox Theologies of Interreligous Coexistence: Strengths and Weaknesses ; III. PARADIGMS OF RELIGOUS PEACEMAKING IN A MULTICULTURAL AND SECULAR CONTEXT ; 6. Healing/Secular Conflict: The Case of Contemporary Israel ; 7. Conflict Resolution as a Religious Experience: Contemporary Mennonite Peacemaking ; New Paradigms of Religion and Conflict Resolution: A Case Study of Judaism ; IV CONCLUSION ; 9. Systematic Recommendations for Intervention in Contemporary Conflicts ; Glossary ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/10/2002
  • ISBN13: 9780195157253
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780195157253
  • weight: 465
  • ISBN10: 0195157257

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