Religion, Spirituality and Peace
This book, jointly authored by Johan Galtung and Graeme MacQueen,
explores how religion, and specific religions, relate to spirituality – an
inner sense of something beyond our selves – and peace, a pattern of
nonviolence and equity.
In Part I the reader is taken on a tour of religions around the world,
the religio-scape, from Occident to Orient and abrahamism to buddhism,
in search of peace-building spiritualities. Religions are then
scrutinized for their hard and soft aspects.
In Part II this search is taken much further into the theory and practice
of peace, with a focus on five Asian peace spiritualities, and on ways
in which religions have inspired concrete peace-making.
The epilogue is written as a drama in five acts, a dialogical search
for ways the religions could be a joint human property in a rapidly
Johan Galtung, born 1930 in Oslo, Norway, lives in Spain,
France, Japan and the USA, and is mainly engaged in mediation
and research. He founded TRANSCEND: A Network for Peace
and Development in 1993, and was the first rector of Transcend
Peace University 2003-2007 (see www.transcend.org/tpu).
Graeme MacQueen, born 1948 in Nova Scotia, Canada, lives
in Canada and was professor of religious studies at McMaster
University in Hamilton, Ontario 1974-2003. He was founding
director of McMaster’s Centre for Peace Studies