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

Paperback | September 15, 2002

byMarc Gopin

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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 andreligious 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 andjust 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 thelargest 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 forcoping 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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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 andreligious militancy, history shows that religio...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.18 × 9.25 × 0.79 inPublished:September 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction1. Alternative Global Futures in the Balance2. Between Religion and Conflict Resolution: Mapping a New Field of StudyII. A Critique of Current Secular ad Religious Approaches to Conflict and Peace3. Why Modern Culture Fails to Understand Religiously Motivated Violence4. What id Midding from Religious Approaches to War and Peace: Judaism an Islam as Paradigms5. Modern Jewish Orthodox Theologies of Interreligious Coexistence: Strengths and WeaknessesIII. Paradigms of Religious Peacemaking in a Multicultural and Secular Context6. Healing/Secular Conflict: The Case of Contemporary Israel7. Conflict Resolution as a Religious Experience: Contemporary Mennonite PeacemakingNew Paradigms of Religion and Conflict Resolution: A Case Study of JudaismIV Conclusion9. Systematic Recommendations for Intervention in Contemporary ConflictsGlossaryNotesBibliographyIndex

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"[O]ffers a nuanced understanding of the relationship of religion and violence."--Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation