1st Edition

Explorations in Reconciliation New Directions in Theology

Edited By David Tombs, Joseph Liechty Copyright 2006
    177 Pages
    by Routledge

    177 Pages
    by Routledge

    Theologians and scholars of religion draw on rich resources to address the complex issues raised by political reconciliation in the Middle East, the former Yugoslavia, South Africa, Northern Ireland and elsewhere. The questions addressed include: Can truth set a person, or a society, free? How is political forgiveness possible? Are political, personal, and spiritual reconciliation essentially related? Explorations in Reconciliation brings Catholic, Protestant, Mennonite, Jewish and Islamic perspectives together within a single volume to present some of the most relevant theological work today.

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    Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    The support of the Irish School of Ecumenics Trust in making this OA version possible is gratefully acknowledged.

    Explorations in Reconciliation


    David Tombs is a political theologian and is based in Belfast as lecturer in Reconciliation Studies for the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Joseph Liechty is Plowshares Associate Professor of Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies at Goshen College, Indiana, USA.

    "This book represents the next generation in studies on social reconciliation. Until now much of the writing has been filled with "shoulds" and "oughts" - prescriptions for what might be done at some future point. This book, however, is built on a great deal of experience with the difficult work of reconciliation. It recognizes the difficult balancing acts that reconciliation entails in the real world, and the necessity of seeing both sides of issues at the same time. This book is a genuine milestone that will give orientation to efforts at reconciliation for the future".

    Robert Schreiter, author of Reconciliation: Mission and Ministry in a Changing Social Order

    "This book [...] is grounded in practical experience of conflict-resolution, and shows the vital contribution that people of faith can make to peace-building. But that also requires of the individual who is learning to repent to let go, to forgive, and to seek a just and healing reconciliation."

    The Church Times, London, UK.

    "This is the kind of book that the World Council of Churches needs now".

    Prof Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, Deputy General Secretary, WCC