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Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on the New Paradigm of Peace and War

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ISBN-13: 978-0230339897
ISBN-10: 0230339891
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'This book is unique in providing systematic comparisons of the three Abrahamic faiths in terms of key theological and ethical concepts, particularly as they relate to peace and violence.' - Rev. Dr. David Smock, Senior Vice President, U.S. Institute of Peace

'This is a book that many of us have been waiting a long time for. We are tired of seeing faith twisted to be a barrier of division or continually portrayed as a bomb of destruction. We know in our stories and in our scriptures, in our minds and our hearts, that religion can be a bridge of cooperation. This book shows us how. If our faiths are to be one of the solutions to conflict rather than part of the source, the practices of Just Peacemaking will need to spread far and wide.' - Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core

'This collection of essays is rich in hermeneutical insight and historical example that give life to the 'just peace' norms within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Speaking at just the right time, the voices of these scholars and activists make clear religion's critical contributions to peace. They challenge us all to tend these teachings so they bear the fruits of shalom.' - Rachel S. Mikva, Rabbi Herman Schaalman Chair in Jewish Studies, Chicago Theological Seminary

About the Author

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite is a Professor of Theology and former President of Chicago Theological Seminary. An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ for over 30 years, she has authored and edited numerous works including Dreaming of Eden: American Religion and Politics in a Wired World, Sex, Race and God: Christian Feminism in Black and White, Lift Every Voice: Constructing Christian Theologies from the Underside (co-editor) and Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Alternatives to War (co-editor). Dr. Thistlethwaite also writes a weekly column for TheWashington Post "On Faith" online section and is a frequent media commentator on religion and public events. She is a Fellow of the Center for American Progress Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative, and serves as a trustee of Faith in Public Life, and the Interfaith Youth Core.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (December 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230339891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230339897
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,338,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this as a required text for a course on faith-based peacemaking. I appreciated the bridging of three Abrahamic texts (or excerpts from texts) to that they may be used as vehicles for peace rather than discord. The contributors do a fair job of doing this, from what I can tell as someone from outside of those traditions. The book is a little dry at times, but otherwise informative.
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