Religion, Politics, and Violence

Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs - Georgetown University, Washington DC

With continuing and rising conflicts around the world that, at least on the surface, seem to have a religious element, questions about the relationship between religion and conflict emerge. Does religion provoke and sanction violence and conflict, or is religion sometimes blamed when the reality is that political failings lie behind the prevalence and exacerbation of violent conflict?

This event explored where the worlds of religion, politics, and violence intersect and sought to discern the exact nature of the relationship between these three hugely significant features of human existence–particularly in today’s world, but also with an eye to the lessons of history. Participants reflected on the ethical, historical, philosophical, and theological components of this issue, and discussion also focused on religion as a valuable resource for understanding and overcoming conflict and violence.

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