A Guide to Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding

Author: Jarem Sawatsky

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1556352999

Category: Religion

Page: 114

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People too often enter into conflict with an eye on how to resolve, manage, or transform it, thereby losing sight of the people involved and the end desired. Justice and peace too often serve as abstract ideals or distant shores. We have not yet learned enough about how these ends can also be the means of conflict resolution. Drawing on the imaginations of some leading peace and restorative justice practitioners, Justpeace Ethics identifies components of a justpeace imagination--the basis of an alternative ethics, where the end is touched with each step. In this simple companion to justpeace ethics, Jarem Sawatsky helps those struggling with how to respond to conflict and violence in both just and peaceful ways. He offers practical examples of how analysis, intervention, and evaluation can be rooted in a justpeace imagination.
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Ecumenical, Intercultural, and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Author: Fernando Enns,Annette Mosher

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1620323621

Category: Religion

Page: 226

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"Christian theology and ethics have wrestled with the challenge to apply Jesus's central message of nonviolence to the injustices of this world. Is it not right to defend the persecuted by using violence? Is it unjust if the oppressed defend themselves--if necessary by the use of violence--in order to liberate themselves and to create a more just society? Can we leave the doctrine of the just war behind and shift all our attention toward the way of a just peace? In 2011 the World Council of Churches brought to a close the Decade to Overcome Violence, to which the churches committed themselves at the beginning of the century. Just peace has evolved as the new ecumenical paradigm for contemporary Christian ethics. Just peace signals a realistic vision of holistic peace, with justice, which in the concept of shalom is central in the Hebrew Bible as well as in the gospel message of the New Testament. This paradigm needs further elaboration. VU University gathered peacebuilding practitioners and experts from different parts of the world (Africa, Latin America, North America, Asia, and Europe) and from different disciplines (anthropology, psychology, social sciences, law, and theology)--voices from across generations and Christian traditions--to promote discussion about the different dimensions of building peace with justice. "
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Jesus, Justice, and Discipleship

Author: Geoff Broughton

Publisher: The Lutterworth Press

ISBN: 0718843444

Category: Religion

Page: 202

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The conviction that Jesus is the restorative Christ demands a commitment to the justice he articulated. The justice of the restorative Christ is justice with reconciliation, justice with repentance, justice with repair, and justice without retaliation. The Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts portray the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ through the radical concept of "enemy-love." In conversation with Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Jesus-for-others), John Howard Yoder (a nonviolent Jesus), Miroslav Volf (an embracing Jesus), and Chris Marshall (a compassionate Jesus), Broughton demonstrates what the restorative Christ means for us today. Following the restorative Christ faithfully involves imaginative disciplines (seeing, remembering, and desiring), conversational disciplines (naming, questioning, and forgiving), and embodied disciplines (absorbing, repairing, and embracing).
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Debates on the Responsibility to Protect in the Context of Christian Peace Ethics

Author: Ines-Jacqueline Werkner,Dirk Rademacher

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 364390438X

Category: Political Science

Page: 225

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Taking up the international ecumenical debate on 'just peace' and the international responsibility to protect, this volume discusses the relation between the two concepts. It examines such questions as: How does responsibility to protect influence the paradigm of just peace? How can the core idea of prevention be implemented in view of real needs to protect? Can criteria be developed to reflect just peace as a model for Christian peace ethics? Can these criteria also include military intervention as a last resort? (Series: Ecumenical Studies / Okumenische Studien - Vol. 43)
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A Virtue Ethic for Catholic Social Teaching and U.S. Policy

Author: Eli Sasaran McCarthy

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621898547

Category: Religion

Page: 276

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Why do many U.S. residents, Catholics and Catholic leaders among them, too often fall short of adequately challenging the use of violence in U.S. policy? The opportunities and developments in approaches to peacemaking have been growing at a significant rate. However, violent methods continue to hold significant sway in U.S. policy and society as the commonly assumed way to "peace." Even when community organizers, policymakers, members of Catholic leadership, and academics sincerely search for alternatives to violence, they too often think about nonviolence as primarily a rule or a strategy. Catholic Social Teaching has been moving toward transcending the limits of these approaches, but it still has significant room for growth. In order to contribute to this growth and to impact U.S. policy, McCarthy draws on Jesus, Gandhi, Ghaffar Khan, and King to offer a virtue-based approach to nonviolent peacemaking with a corresponding set of core practices. This approach is also set in conversation with aspects of human rights discourse to increase its possible impact on U.S. policy. As a whole, Becoming Nonviolent Peacemakers offers an important challenge to contemporary accounts of peacemaking in the U.S.
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An Essay on the Military-Industrial Complex and the Quest for a Just Peace

Author: Max L. Stackhouse

Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 145

View: 1973

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A Brief Guide to the History

Author: C. C. Pecknold

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621892204

Category: Religion

Page: 196

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It is not simply for rhetorical flourish that politicians so regularly invoke God's blessings on the country. It is because the relatively new form of power we call the nation-state arose out of a Western political imagination steeped in Christianity. In this brief guide to the history of Christianity and politics, Pecknold shows how early Christianity reshaped the Western political imagination with its new theological claims about eschatological time, participation, and communion with God and neighbor. The ancient view of the Church as the "mystical body of Christ" is singled out in particular as the author traces shifts in its use and meaning throughout the early, medieval, and modern periods-shifts in how we understand the nature of the person, community and the moral conscience that would give birth to a new relationship between Christianity and politics. While we have many accounts of this narrative from either political or ecclesiastical history, we have few that avoid the artificial separation of the two. This book fills that gap and presents a readable, concise, and thought-provoking introduction to what is at stake in the contentious relationship between Christianity and politics. Review "Political theology--thinking theologically about politics and understanding all political thought as first-and-last theological--is a lively field that until now has lacked a lucid and elegantly brief introduction. Pecknold's book fills that gap, and more: it makes a real theoretical contribution of its own, most notably in its treatment of the migration of the treatment of conscience from church to state, and the effects of that migration on the understanding of freedom, political and otherwise." --Paul J. Griffiths, Warren Chair of Catholic Theology, Duke Divinity School "Modern life and thought has a centripetal force, separating into discrete units what should be held together: politics, economics, theology, metaphysics, liturgy, and history. This division of labor creates specialists who can see the units but lack focus for a larger vision . . . In this substantive, readable, brief history of the relation between theology and politics, Pecknold focuses our vision by bringing together his own considerable acumen for both theology and politics. This comprehensive work shows connections that only someone of his breadth of knowledge could see. The result is a first-rate work that sets the bar for political theology." --D. Stephen Long, Professor of Systematic Theology, Marquette University "If it is true that 'youth is wasted on the young,' then to restrict this so-called primer only to beginning learners or students would be wasteful in the extreme. This is a first-rate book, a serious and fascinating work on theology and politics that masquerades as a gateway resource. Yet it also succeeds as an outstanding introduction--readable without being simplistic, engaging key voices and eras in the long interaction between Christianity and politics. I can't wait to use this book with students, both to give them a solid grounding in key ideas and sources, as well as whetting their appetites for joining in these crucial conversations and debates. Anyone with an interest in the church and politics will benefit from this book." --Michael Budde, Professor of Political Science, DePaul University "At last I have found a textbook for my undergraduate course on Christianity and Politics! Pecknold's book is brief and crystal clear, ideally suited to supplement primary source readings in an introductory class. This book helps the student grasp the sweep of Christianity's political history in a relatively few deft strokes. The broad-brush approach does not mean the book is simplistic, however. To the contrary, Pecknold's analysis is insightful, engaging, and at times contentious. Pecknold shows how theological concepts like 'mystical body' have wandered in and out of different political arrangements. In so doing, he shows students how church history and political history are not two separate subjects but one, and a fascinating one at that." --William T. Cavanaugh, Professor of Theology, St. Thomas University --Wipf and Stock Publishers From the Back Cover ". . . a first-rate work that sets the bar for political theology." -D. Stephen Long, Marquette University "At last I have found a textbook for my undergraduate course on Christianity and Politics!" -William T. Cavanaugh, St. Thomas University ". . . a serious and fascinating work on theology and politics that masquerades as a gateway resource." -Michael Budde, DePaul University ". . . a lucid and elegantly brief introduction. . . [that] makes a real theoretical contribution of its own." -Paul Griffiths, Duke Divinity School --Back Cover
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The Bible's Salvation Story and Our Hope for Wholeness

Author: Ted Grimsrud

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621895793

Category: Religion

Page: 280

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Do atonement theologies that focus on Jesus' death underwrite human violence? If so, we do well to rethink beliefs that this death is necessary to bring salvation. Focusing on the Bible's salvation story, Instead of Atonement argues for a logic of mercy to replace Christianity's traditional logic of retribution. The book traces the Bible's main salvation story through God's liberating acts, the testimony of the prophets, and Jesus's life and teaching. It then takes a closer look at Jesus's death and argues that his death gains its meaning when it exposes violence in the cultural, religious, and political Powers. God's raising of Jesus completes the story and vindicates Jesus's life and teaching. The book also examines the understandings of salvation in Romans and Revelation that reinforce the message that salvation is a gift of God and that Jesus's "work" has to do with his faithful life, his resistance to the Powers, and God's vindication of him through resurrection. The book concludes that the "Bible's salvation story" provides a different way, instead of atonement, to understand salvation. In turn, this biblical understanding gives us today theological resources for a mercy-oriented approach to responding to wrongdoing, one that follows God's own model.
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Author: Eric Patterson

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 1589018974

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have focused new attention on a perennial problem: how to end wars well. What ethical considerations should guide war’s settlement and its aftermath? In cases of protracted conflicts, recurring war, failed or failing states, or genocide and war crimes, is there a framework for establishing an enduring peace that is pragmatic and moral? Ethics Beyond War’s End provides answers to these questions from the just war tradition. Just war thinking engages the difficult decisions of going to war and how war is fought. But from this point forward just war theory must also take into account what happens after war ends, and the critical issues that follow: establishing an enduring order, employing political forms of justice, and cultivating collective forms of conciliation. Top thinkers in the field—including Michael Walzer, Jean Bethke Elshtain, James Turner Johnson, and Brian Orend—offer powerful contributions to our understanding of the vital issues associated with late- and post conflict in tough, real-world scenarios that range from the US Civil War to contemporary quagmires in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and the Congo.
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An Introduction

Author: Kimberly Hutchings

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745636829

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 244

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"Global Ethics guides students through the complex array of ethical dilemmas that constitute the modern international order.' Anthony F. Lang, University of St Andrews --
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Impulses of the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer for the European and African Context

Author: Heinrich Bedford-Strohm,Pascal Bataringaya,Traugott Jähnichen

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3643905572

Category: Religion

Page: 238

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I. Main articles. La Justice comme guide d'orientation de l'éthique théologique / Heinrich Bedford-Strohm -- La Justice comme guide d'orientation de l'éthique théologique / Jered Kalimba -- "The first theological-ethical doctrine of basic human rights developed by a twentieth-century German Protestant theologian": Dietrich Bonhoeffer and human rights / Christine Schliesser -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the struggle for human rights in the context of Africa / Byaruhanga Ruokoo Archangel -- La confession de culpabilité et chemin vers la reconciliation / Pascal Bataringaya -- Culpability confession as a way to reconciliation: it can start, but it can only start with Bonhoeffer / Jannika Haupt -- Peace as a central task for Christians: bringing about peace in the work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and its importance for current ethics / Clemens Wustmans -- Peace as a central task for Christians in the light of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's peace ethics with a special focus on churches and peacemaking in Tanzania / Abednego Keshomshahara -- Responsabilitéet Courage civil: Fondamentaux de l'éthique de Dietrich Bonhoeffer / Traugott Jähnichen -- Church as "church for others"?: reflections on the role of church in society and the relevance of society for the shape of church / Kai Horstmann -- Ecumenism and the future of the church / Ulrich Möller -- L'Oecumenisme: L'avenir de l'Eglise / Vincent Muderwa Barhatulirwa -- II. Theological impulses, experience reports & mediations. Expériences de réconciliation et responsabilité pour la paix dans le contexte allemand / Albert Henz -- Reflections on commemorative practices in Rwanda and Germany / Katharina Peetz -- The question of guilt and confession of the young generations after the genocides in Rwanda and Germany: an experience report / Christine Jürgens, Maximilian Schell -- Meditations / Samuel Mutabazi, Helmut Keiner, Thérèse Mukamakuza, Jan van Schaardenburgh -- Jörg Zimmermann -- III. Closing word & final statement. Mot de cloture / Elisée Musemakweli -- Final declaration (in English and French)
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Spiritual Morality, Radical Love, and the Public Conversation

Author: Valerie Elverton Dixon

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1475952627

Category: Political Science

Page: 726

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In these essays I often refer to social contracts such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other international conventions that describe a vision of just human relations, especially in the area of culture and health care. We do not live behind a veil of ignorance where we enter into contemplation of questions of right and wrong without an awareness of our own particularities. Moreover, we do not always determine what is right based on reason. But, we do make decisions every day about how we will live within the social contracts that govern our lives. Many of us go along to get along with a let's-not-rock-the-boat-preserve-the-status-quocaution. Then there are those of us who use the documents of our social contracts to secure more justice and more peace. The purpose is to rock the boat and to disrupt the status quo when it is unjust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I understand Christ as a title not as a person. It is a designation of an anointing. This, in my opinion, is the anointing of radical love. Christ is the human incarnation of divine love. We each ought to strive to become this whether or not we are Christian, whether or not we are even believers. Those of us who are Christians believe that Jesus paid it all. There is no more need for blood-shed sacrifice. Murder is never holy. God does not need it or want it. Our work now is to become living sacrifices that will redeem this world through justice and peace. That is the meaning of these essays. (From the Introduction)
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Author: Jürgen Moltmann

Publisher: Gütersloher Verlagshaus

ISBN: 3641058872

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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Wahrscheinlicher Grund des ungewöhnlichen Buch-Erfolges ist der revolutionäre Inhalt von "Theologie der Hoffnung". Moltmann propagiert darin ein umstürzlerisches, gesellschaftsänderndes - wie er sagt: ursprüngliches - Christentum und offeriert damit Christen und Kirchen eine Theologie, die zu aktiven, ja aggressiven Auseinandersetzungen mit der politischen Umwelt ermächtigt und anfeuert. Die Christen, so ruft Moltmann seine Glaubensbrüder auf, sollen der Wirklichkeit nicht mehr "die Schleppe nachtragen, sondern die Fackel voran".
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Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Societas Ethica, Oxford 2006

Author: Stefan Heuser,Hans Günter Ulrich

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 382580920X

Category: Religion

Page: 404

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International order is one of the most challenging issues in political ethics today, and its place within the multifaceted fleld of politics is frequently debated. The diverse phenomena resulting from 'globalisation' - particularly in the wake of the end of the so-called Cold War - urge us to think about our 'world' in terms of a single political entity. Besides the existing international institutions, however, it is still open to question what this entity should be and what concrete political practices should correspond to it. In the essays collected in this book, political scientists, sociologists, philosophers, theologians and policy advisors explore how political practices can be institutionally localised without necessarily becoming incorporated into structures of governance. Political ethics, as presented in this book, seeks to address the particular practices of power, justice, and peace of citizens themselves, and to assess their relevance for the shaping of international insti
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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Christianity

Page: N.A

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Author: Deen K. Chatterjee

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107354560

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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In this book, eleven leading theorists debate the normative challenges of preventive war through the lens of important public and political issues of war and peace in the twenty-first century. Their discussion covers complex and topical subjects including terrorism, the 'Bush doctrine' and the invasion of Iraq, Iran's nuclear capabilities, superpower unilateralism and international war tribunals. They examine the moral conundrum of preventive intervention and emphasize the need for a stronger and more effective international legal and political order and a corresponding re-evaluation of the normative status of international law. Together their essays form a challenging and timely volume that will be of interest to scholars in ethics and political philosophy, political theory, international relations, international law and peace studies and to general readers interested in the broader issues of peace and justice in the new world order.
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Author: World Council of Churches

Publisher: World Council of Churches

ISBN: 9782825415672

Category: Religion

Page: 163

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The indispensable guide for groups and individuals - Features: * The peacemaker's primer * Not just an alternative to just war but a whole vision * Includes An Ecumenical Call to Just Peace * New edition also includes best practices sections The Just Peace Companion is a guide for individuals and groups to come together around the notion and practice of Just Peace, a holistic approach to peacemaking and social justice. Adopting a fully global perspective, the volume elaborates the insights and convictions of An Ecumenical Call to Just Peace (also enclosed), the culminating statement of the WCC's decade-long effort to understand and address conflict, violence, and injustice: The Decade to Overcome Violence. The Just Peace Companion expands on the key biblical, theological and ethical considerations of Just Peace, invites further exploration and critique, and offers examples of best practices for building peace with justice. Like the Call itself, the Just Peace Companion centers on four
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The New Paradigm for the Ethics of Peace and War

Author: Glen Harold Stassen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780829817935

Category: Philosophy

Page: 234

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"Just Peacemaking is the product of 23 scholars across various denominations who have collaborated annually for six years to specify the 10 practical steps and develop the undergirding principles of this critical approach. Originally published in 1998 and revised in 2004, this new 2008 edition contains a new introduction and conclusion, as well as updated contents."--BOOK JACKET.
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