Religion and Peacebuilding

Gerard F. Powers

in Strategies of Peace

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395914
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776801 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Strategic Peacebuilding

Religion and Peacebuilding

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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

Chapter.  17694 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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