Religious pluralism is a potentially useful discussion that has lost its efficacy in academia. Scholars spend their time arguing about differences in worship, conceptions of god, and points of scripture that may serve to unite the religions of the world. While these are all interesting discussions, they are also worthless in that they do not address any sort of action that may in reality bring religions closer together. There are many religious conflicts in the world that would benefit from dialogue, however the Israeli-Palestinian clash is perhaps the most immediate. The political leaders of the situation are refusing to address religion in any way during their negotiations of peace. Without the involvement of religious discussion, the people, who feel they are God's warriors, will not cease in their violence. In order to usefully address situations of violence in productive ways, we need to reconsider the established peace theologies of the world religions. There are many themes that are shared by all religions, and using these themes will provide the common ground necessary to begin a productive interfaith dialogue of peace.
Elkington, Kristen L., "Common Ground of Peace: Using Pluralism and Nonviolent-Theologies As Tools For Change" (2001). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 4054.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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