- The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding
- Religious Peacebuilding: The Exotic, the Good, and the Theatrical
- Religious Violence: The Strong, the Weak, and the Pathological
- Religion, Peace, and the Origins of Nationalism
- Religion, Nationalism, and the Politics of Secularism
- Secular-Religious Encounters as Peacebuilding
- Structural and Cultural Violence in Religion and Peacebuilding
- The New Name for Peace? Religion and Development as Partners in Strategic Peacebuilding
- Violent and Nonviolent Religious Militancy
- Religious Violence and State Violence
- The Comparative Study of Ethics and the Project of the Justpeace
- The Place of Religious Freedom in the Structure of Peacebuilding
- Women, Religion, and Peacebuilding
- Reconciliation, Politics, and Transitional Justice
- Negotiating Secular and Religious Contributions to Social Change and Peacebuilding
- Secular Militancy as an Obstacle to Peacebuilding
- Religion and Peace in Asia
- Peacebuilding in the Muslim World
- Youth and Interfaith Conflict Transformation
- The Possibilities and Limits of Inter-Religious Dialogue
- Ritual, Religion, and Peacebuilding
- Spirituality and Religious Peacebuilding
- The Intersection of Christian Theology and Peacebuilding
- Religious Communities and Possibilities for Justpeace
- Religion, Nationalism, and Solidarity Activism
- Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding: Synthetic Remarks
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter reports on a twenty-year experiment in “scriptural reasoning,” a type of inter-religious dialogue that emerges from places of maximal warmth and potential fire—“hearths”—within each participating religious community. It also explores how this dialogue is being adapted for peacebuilding efforts in regions of inter-religious violence. The goal of scriptural reasoning (SR) is to nurture “hearth-to-hearth” dialogue that summons the warmth of each hearth as a resource for conflict reduction, without at the same time stoking the fire. This is potentially the most dangerous form of inter-religious dialogue. This chapter argues, however, that it is also the one that, when handled properly, is most likely to contribute to long-term conflict transformation.
Peter Ochs is Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia, where he also directs religious studies graduate programs in “Scripture, Interpretation, and Practice,” an interdisciplinary approach to the Abrahamic traditions. He is cofounder of the (Abrahamic) Society for Scriptural Reasoning. He writes on Jewish philosophy, rabbinics and semiotics, Judaism and Christian theology, and the logic of inter-traditional, scriptural dialogue.
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