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Religion: Nonviolence

This guide is intended to help students at Lane develop reserach topics in relgion and find sources to support their research. Use the tabs across the top to navigate different religions.

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While religious doctrine has often been used to justify violence, injustice, or war against non-believers, many religious texts share a rhetoric of peace and goodwill, forgiveness, and tolerance. Almost every major religion has embodied this contradiction between abstract belief in a shared humanity and real tolerance. The Islamic notion of jihad, the Christian Crusaders and history of imperialism, the Catholic Inquisition, Jewish political Zionism: each of these phenomena share this contradiction.  Still, many religious leaders and peace activists have used faith as a vehicle to promote peace and justice.

Here are some subjects terms you can use to explore peace in the context of religious practice:

African Americans Civil Rights

Civil Rights Movements United States

Nonviolence

Nonviolence -- History -- 20th century

Peace -- Religious aspects

Social justice -- History -- 20th century

Liberation theology

Social action

Nhát Hanh, Thích

Desmond Tutu

Malala Yousafzai

Dalai Lama XIV

Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

Peace Studies and Organizations

Code Pink - A women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.

Peace Action - Organization founded in 1957, the largest grassroots peace network with affiliates across the country promoting disarmament, a human rights approach to problems, and a world without war.

peace network with chapters and affiliates in states across the country. - See more at: http://www.peace-action.org/our-mission#sthash.FPhdeQqk.dpuf
Peace Action is the nation's largest grassroots peace network with chapters and affiliates in states across the country. - See more at: http://www.peace-action.org/our-mission#sthash.FPhdeQqk.dpuf
Peace Action is the nation's largest grassroots peace network with chapters and affiliates in states across the country. - See more at: http://www.peace-action.org/our-mission#sthash.FPhdeQqk.dpuf
Peace Action is the nation's largest grassroots peace network with chapters and affiliates in states across the country. - See more at: http://www.peace-action.org/our-mission#sthash.FPhdeQqk.dpuf

Pathways to Peace - PTP is an international peace building, educational, and consulting organization working to build a culture of peace.

United Nations - The UN is an international organization founded in 1945 to promote peace and human rights globally through intergovernmental partnerships, policy and programs to support a mission of peace, dignity and eqaulity. Currently includes over 190 member states.

Peace Action is the nation's largest grassroots peace network with chapters and affiliates in states across the country. - See more at: http://www.peace-action.org/our-mission#sthash.FPhdeQqk.dpu

Books on Peace Activism

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