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Religion and the Study of Peace: Practice without Reflection

The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
Academic Editors: Gladys Ganiel and Joram Tarusarira
Religions 2021, 12(12), 1069; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12121069
Received: 9 November 2021 / Revised: 25 November 2021 / Accepted: 26 November 2021 / Published: 3 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religious Conflict and Peacebuilding: Advances in the Field)
Religion can be good and bad. For too long, the field of religion and peace has repeated this argument, cogently articulated by R. Scott Appleby in his field shaping The Ambivalence of the Sacred. It is time to examine whether there are other arguments to be made. The field of religion and peace is multifaceted and has grown exponentially in recent decades, primarily by enhancing various sites of policy making to mobilize “good” religion more effectively for its utility while devising more complex mechanisms to contain “bad” religion. This is not a bad development in and of itself and many actors populating the religion and peace spaces of practice do a lot of good in the world. However, without also subjecting the field to critique of its basic operative categories of analysis, the field in its various nodes will remain just that: practice, without reflection to recall Paolo Freire’s critical pedagogical approach to transforming the world. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious peacebuilding; religion and violence; religion and global affairs; neoliberalism; religious literacy; critical pedagogies; conflict transformation; securitizing religion; intersectionality; religious engagement religious peacebuilding; religion and violence; religion and global affairs; neoliberalism; religious literacy; critical pedagogies; conflict transformation; securitizing religion; intersectionality; religious engagement
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