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:
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.
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.