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This book examines the ambiguous role that Christianity played in South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). It has two objectives: to analyse the role Christianity played in the TRC and to highlight certain consequences that may be instructive to future international conflict resolution processes. Religion and conflict resolution is an area of significant importance. Ongoing conflicts involving Palestinians and Israelis, Muslims and Hindus, and even radical Islamic jihadists and Western countries have heightened the awareness of the potential power of religion to fuel conflict. Yet these religious traditions also promote peace and respect for others as key components in doing justice. Examining the potential role religion can play in generating peace and justice, specifically Christianity in South Africa's TRC, is of utmost importance as religiously inspired violence continues to occur. This book highlights the importance of accounting for religion in international conflict resolution.
'A positive insight that emerges clearly from this study is the positive role of narrative which is crucial to reconciliation. A disturbing suggestion made by Gopin is that it is conservative interpretations of religion that tend to sponsor violence. This accords with recent interpretations of fundamentalism. Certainly, this book serves a useful purpose in exposing important issues that need to be addressed in any context of international conflict resolution in that there are few, if any, contexts where religion does not play a significant role.' Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae ’Megan Shore offers us a well-researched and balanced book on the value of religion in a conflict resolution process based on the South African experience. … Anyone involved in reconciliation or conflict resolution should read this book.’ Heythrop Journal