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Strategies of Peace$
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Daniel Philpott and Gerard Powers

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395914

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395914.001.0001

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Religion and Peacebuilding

Religion and Peacebuilding

(p.317) 13 Religion and Peacebuilding
Strategies of Peace

Gerard F. Powers (Contributor Webpage)

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The prevailing secularist paradigm and quantitative analyses of the relationship between religion, conflict, and peace are inadequate. Powers calls for moving beyond a functionalist approach to the roles of religion in promoting conflict or peace to a fuller appreciation of the complexity of religion and the unique spiritual and religious resources available for peacebuilding. Citing illustrative examples from around the world, he highlights the pressing need for a multi-layered analysis of complex religious strategies for peacebuilding. The chapter explores three critical dimensions of a strategic approach to religious peacebuilding: the public role of religion, religion’s relationship to nonviolence and the just war tradition, and the potential and limits of ecumenical and interreligious peacebuilding.

Keywords:   religious peacebuilding, religion and conflict, interreligious peacebuilding, strategic peacebuilding, secularization, public religion, just war, nonviolence, ethics of war

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