Religious Ethics in a Conflicted World

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 May 2024) | Viewed by 821

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Institut für Gesellschaftswissenschaften und Theologie & European wasatia Graduate School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Europa-Universität Flensburg, 24943 Flensburg, Germany
Interests: theology; religion; Islam; Christology; political reconciliation; empathy

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Institut für Gesellschaftswissenschaften und Theologie & European wasatia Graduate School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Europa-Universität Flensburg, 24943 Flensburg, Germany
Interests: political reconciliation in the Middle East; Holocaust education; Islam–Jewish–Christian relations; narrative; women and gender in Islam

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Institut für Gesellschaftswissenschaften und Theologie & European wasatia Graduate School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Europa-Universität Flensburg, 24943 Flensburg, Germany
Interests: ethics; philosophy; (political) theology; religion; conflict; science theory

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue entitled: “Religious Ethics in a Conflicted World”. We seek contributions particularly from scholars in the field of religion (see abstract). This Special Issue is also informed by the challenges that the Guest Editors from Flensburg University are facing while hosting PhD students from various countries at the European Wasatia Graduate School for Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Abstract:

Religious ethics (academic and/or institutional) mark an ambiguous phenomenon in a world that is considered as being both post-secular and (economically) globalized. It can act as a methodology for inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue, as well as a catalyst for an encounter with the other.  On the other hand, religious ethics may provide the (subliminal) rationale for political theology and, thus, ideology, identity politics and mechanisms of re-feudalization. However, in aiming for practice, religious ethics function as a middle ground between individual/collective conviction and social/political duties. This in-between state of the subjective and objective sphere adds to the ambiguity; yet, it makes religious ethics an important aspect of socio-political processes. Hence, this MDPI Special Issue seeks to investigate the complex phenomenon of “Religious Ethics in a Conflicted World” on three levels: 

(1) the discussion of religious ethics on a conceptual level  in order to determine their ambiguity in a modern world of conflict; 

(2) the investigation of mechanisms of institutionally applied religious ethics on the socio-political level; 

(3) the presentation and discussion of (inter-)national cases with a focus on the role of religious ethics in endeavours of reconciliation and conflict resolution.

Prof. Dr. Ralf K. Wüstenberg
Dr. Zeina Barakat
Dr. Thies Münchow
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • religion
  • ethics
  • political theology
  • conflict
  • ideology
  • politics
  • dialogue
  • reconciliation
  • justice
  • empathy
  • truth
  • antisemitism

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Practices of Tolerance: The Significance of Common Sense in Settings of Dense Coexistence
by Stefan Heuser and Alexandra Wolf
Religions 2024, 15(5), 562; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel15050562 - 30 Apr 2024
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Deriving from the growing cultural and religious diversity in Germany and the need for educational professionals to be able to deal with heterogeneous groups and communicate to children about how to coexist peacefully with others, this essay focuses on the relationship between common [...] Read more.
Deriving from the growing cultural and religious diversity in Germany and the need for educational professionals to be able to deal with heterogeneous groups and communicate to children about how to coexist peacefully with others, this essay focuses on the relationship between common sense and tolerance, particularly in places of inescapable dense coexistence characterised by religious and cultural diversity. Using institutions of preschool and primary education as an example, the extent to which peaceful coexistence and conflict resolution is borne by common sense and supported by practices of tolerance is discussed. Subsequently, the significance of a common-sense approach to practices of tolerance for conceptualising ethical judgement in intercultural and inter-religious education is explored. The article closes with thoughts on the contribution of religious ethics to questions of human coexistence in highly dense and conflict-ridden contexts and briefly addresses aspects of Protestant social ethics. Full article
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