The Golden Rule:Interfaith Peacemaking and the Charter for Compassion

Marsden, Lee (2018) The Golden Rule:Interfaith Peacemaking and the Charter for Compassion. Review of Faith & International Affairs, 16 (3). pp. 61-75. ISSN 1931-7743

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    The Charter for Compassion has been signed by over two million people from around the world and partnered with hundreds of interfaith organizations and cities seeking to put into practice the Golden Rule, common to the main faith traditions, of doing unto others as you would be done by. This article sets the Charter within the context of a post secular international society and faith-based diplomacy, in which religious interreligious initiatives emerge as serious, rather than peripheral, actors in developing sustainable peace making through bottom-up approaches. The article critically engages with the Charter's claim that ‘any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate’ while accepting that peaceful interpretations of scriptures are helpful to peace processes where religious actors are involved. The article explores the claims of the Charter for Compassion International as they seek to make peace through compassion, before concluding that the Charter for Compassion is a long-term project aimed at changing hearts and minds but has had limited substantive impact to date.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: religion,faith,peacemaking,charter for compassion,international relations,arts and humanities(all),social sciences(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
    University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
    Depositing User: LivePure Connector
    Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2018 10:31
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 13:40
    DOI: 10.1080/15570274.2018.1509286

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