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CAR318 Religious Thought and Conflict Resolution

[3–0, 3 cr.]

Religion has offered people a framework to deepen and organize their beliefs, thought and practice; they have also offered believers norms by which to live and to interact with others. While many consider religion to have often been at the source of conflicts, others look at religion as the way of diffusing conflict and overcoming them. Among other things, the course looks at decisions made by religious leaders and institutions that helped reduce conflicts at key moments in history and reviews the contribution of religious thought to building toler­ance, encouraging dialogue and initiating processes for conflict resolution and transformation.