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Between Eden and Armageddon : the future of world religions, violence, and peacemaking
Gopin, Marc.
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Publication Information:
New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002.

Physical Description:
viii, 312 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Originally published: 2000.
Reading Level:
1540 Lexile.
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Recent years have seen a meteoric rise in the power and importance of organized religion, as well as a significant increase in violence perpetrated in the name of religion. In this new century, will religion bring upon further catastrophes, or will it guide us to peace? In this 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 moralcommitments and vision-and can limit conflict to its nonviolent, constructive variety. If we examine religious myths and moral traditions we can understand why and when religious people come toviolence or become staunch peacemakers. Gopin considers ways to construct traditional paradigms that are committed to peacemaking and offers such a paradigm for 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

Author Notes

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

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 Interreligious Coexistence: Strengths and Weaknesses
III Paradigms of Religious 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