The Religious in Responses to Mass Atrocity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

The Religious in Responses to Mass Atrocity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

by Thomas Brudholm
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521518857

ISBN-13: 9780521518857

Pub. Date: 02/16/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A peculiar and fascinating aspect of many responses to mass atrocities is the creative and eclectic use of religious language and frameworks. Some crimes are so extreme that they "cry out to heaven," drawing people to employ religious vocabulary to make meaning of and to judge what happened, to deal with questions of guilt and responsibility, and to reestablish

Overview

A peculiar and fascinating aspect of many responses to mass atrocities is the creative and eclectic use of religious language and frameworks. Some crimes are so extreme that they "cry out to heaven," drawing people to employ religious vocabulary to make meaning of and to judge what happened, to deal with questions of guilt and responsibility, and to reestablish hope and trust in their lives. Moreover, in recent years, religious actors have become increasingly influential in worldwide contexts of conflict-resolution and transitional justice. This collection offers a critical assessment of the possibilities and problems pertaining to attempts to bring religious - or semireligious - allegiances and perspectives to bear in responses to the mass atrocities of our time: When and how can religious language or religious beliefs and practices be either necessary or helpful? And what are the problems and reasons for caution or critique? In this book, a group of distinguished scholars explore these questions and offer a range of original explanatory and normative perspectives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521518857
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/16/2009
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: The Religious in Responses to Mass Atrocity Thomas Brudholm Thomas Cushman 1

Part I Between Necessity and Impossibility: The Role of Religion in the Face of Atrocity

1 Religious Rhetoric in Responses to Atrocity Jennifer L. Geddes 21

2 The Limit of Ethics - The Ethics of the Limit Arne Gr&ophi;n 38

3 The Intolerability of Meaning: Myth, Faith, and Reason in Philosophical Responses to Moral Atrocity Peter Dews 60

Part II Does It Help to Import Religious Ideas: Reflections on Punishment, War, and Forgiveness

4 Can We Punish the Perpetrators of Atrocities? Antony Duff 79

5 The Ethics of Forgiveness and the Doctrine of Just War: A Religious View of Righting Atrocious Wrongs Nigel Biggar 105

6 On the Advocacy of Forgiveness after Mass Atrocities Thomas Brudholm 124

Part III Sociologies of the Religious in Responses to Mass Atrocities

7 Making Whole: The Ethics and Politics of "Coming to Terms with the Past" John Torpey 157

8 When Faith Meets History: The Influence of Religion on Transitional Justice Daniel Philpott 174

9 Genocidal Rupture and Performative Repair in Global Civil Society: Reconsidering the Discourse of Apology in the Face of Mass Atrocity Thomas Cushman 213

10 Violence, Human Rights, and Piety: Cosmopolitanism versus Virtuous Exclusion in Response to Atrocity Bryan S. Turner 242

Index 265

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