Patterns of Abrahamic Reconciliation

Marc Gopin

in Holy War, Holy Peace

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195146509
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834235 | DOI:
Patterns of Abrahamic Reconciliation

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One of the central challenges facing cultural and religious peacemaking is the self‐imposed wall around ethnic and religious identities, particularly in terms of the deliberate circumscription of their prosocial moral structures and meaning systems. Among the ethical resources within Abrahamic traditions for peacemaking and conflict resolution, one of the most important in terms of building prosocial relationships is the way that individuals and communities cope with moral failure of the individual. Understanding this is vital for intercultural work because here the outsider group is often the object of the failed relationship; potentially at least, such a relationship could be transformed by means of the traditional process of acknowledging sin and ultimately receiving forgiveness. The various parameters and uses of forgiveness and reconciliation in the traditions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are examined at length, and it is concluded that there is potential in all three of these religions for the use of reconciliation in the processes of conflict resolution.

Keywords: Christianity; conflict resolution; forgiveness; Islam; Judaism; peacemaking; prosocial moral structures; reconciliation

Chapter.  21315 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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