The Centre for Religion in Society at York St John University has an impressive record of scholarly engagement with the challenges of peacemaking in the contemporary world. This latest volume brings rich and stimulating new insight into the ways religion can contribute to peace and reconciliation in contexts of tension and conflict.
The editors have assembled a stunning range of case studies and theological investigations that correspond honestly to the complexity of religious relationships to peace and violence.
By combining case studies with fresh insights on prejudice and reconciliation, this book provides highly important material for both scholars in the field of conflict-theory, practitioners involved in processes of peace-building as well as for students of religion and social sciences.
What can one say about this anthology? The genre is always liable to produce an academic pick'n'mix. The Role of Religion in Peacebuilding is anything but! It is driven by a powerful purpose; it weaves its way in and between diverse cultures, contexts and faiths. Its strength is its honesty and incisive awareness of religion's ambivalent role - and it is an excellent read!