Religion and Conflict Resolution: Christianity and South by Megan Shore

By Megan Shore

This ebook examines the ambiguous function that Christianity performed in South Africa's fact and Reconciliation fee (TRC). It has pursuits: to examine the position Christianity performed within the TRC and to focus on definite effects which may be instructive to destiny foreign clash answer techniques. faith and clash answer is a space of vital significance. Ongoing conflicts regarding Palestinians and Israelis, Muslims and Hindus, or even radical Islamic jihadists and Western nations have heightened the attention of the capability energy of faith to gasoline clash. but those spiritual traditions additionally advertise peace and appreciate for others as key parts in doing justice. reading the capability position faith can play in producing peace and justice, particularly Christianity in South Africa's TRC, is of extreme value as religiously encouraged violence keeps to ensue. This publication highlights the significance of accounting for faith in overseas clash answer.

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12–27. 72 Despite these problems, though, in times of transition truth commissions do provide vital insights, however painful they might be, about the past.

Hayner writes: truth commissions are difficult and controversial entities; they are given a mammoth, almost impossible task and usually insufficient time and resources to complete it; they must struggle with rampant lies, denials, and deceit and 70 Of course there are significant differences between the Nuremberg trials and the Milosevic trials, particularly in the area of ‘victors’ justice’. For a discussion, see Gary Jonathan Bass, Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000).

The experience of the Second World War, the political intrigue of the Cold War, the decline of imperialism, the after-effects of decolonisation, and the spread of globalisation, have contributed to the changing nature of conflict. This in turn has necessitated changes in the theory and methods used to resolve differences. The problem, however, is that the conceptual frameworks that are frequently employed by government officials and conflict resolution theorists are still rooted in realist-secularist assumptions and therefore largely unable to adapt to the complexities of religiously inspired violence, ethnic cleansing, civil war and now a global war on terror.

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