Generating forgiveness and constructing peace through truthful dialogue: Abrahamic perspectives
thesisposted on 2022-03-28, 19:45 authored by Hilarie Roseman
"In interfaith encounter groups, the people of the Abrahamic religions are drawing together in dialogue rather than conflict. The core research question in this thesis is "How are people of Abrahamic faiths, faiths that are implicated in a geopolitical confrontation, able to cooperate within religious organizations?" The analysis is comparative. On the analectic contimuum, it stems from a deductive set of questions, but takes into account some inductive emerging issues. 15 participants, perceived as role models for the language of peace, were interviewed at great depth. Social, scientific and religious knowledge from a questionnaire was discussed by four focus groups, consisting of Jews, Christians and Muslims. A model was extracted from this research that shows the pathway from externally mediated images of geopolitical conflict to practical expressions of cooperation and peace within interfaith groups. This is an historical social change." -- Abstract.