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Interfaith Perspectives on Reconciliation

Burrell, David B.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2006) In, Philpott Daniel, editor, The Politics of Past Evil: Religion, Reconciliation, and the Dilemmas of Transitional Justice University of Notre Dame Press pp.113-125

Societies in transition from regimes that managed to shred the very fabric of that society, and that often found support for their destructive policies by using religious identity markers, will need to discover resources in their religious bodies to reweave that torn fabric. These reflections will attempt to show how that societal crisis can be a blessed opportunity for the religious groups in question to come together to discover their enhanced potential to foster reconciliation within the larger society. For as they overcome their endemic hostility to one another as “other” that witness may well be catching. Given my context in the Holy Land, the religious groups that figure in these reflections will be the Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, but other milieus could proffer other examples. (excerpt)


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