ISBN : 9780199640911
The relationship between religion, intolerance and conflict has been the subject of intense discussion, particularly in the wake of the events of 9-11 and the ongoing threat of terrorism. This book contains original papers written by some of the world's leading scholars in anthropology, psychology, philosophy, and theology exploring the scientific and conceptual dimensions of religion and human conflict. Authors investigate the following themes: the role of religion in promoting social cohesion and the conditions under which it will tend to do so; the role of religion in enabling and exacerbating conflict between different social groups and the conditions under which it will tend to do so; and the policy responses that we may be able to develop to ameliorate violent conflict and the limits to compromise between different religions. The book also contains two commentaries that distill, synthesize and critically evaluate key aspects of the individual chapters and central themes that run throughout the volume. The volume will be of great interest to all readers interested in the phenomenon of religious conflict and to academics across a variety of disciplines, including religious studies, philosophy, psychology, theology, cognitive science, anthropology, politics, international relations, and evolutionary biology.
1. Religion, Tolerance and Intolerance: Views from Across the Disciplines
2. Religion, Cohesion, and Hostility
3. The Origin of Religion as a Small-Scale Phenomenon
4. The Virtues of Intolerance: Is Religion an Adaptation for War?
5. Individual Religion, Tolerance, and Universal Compassion
6. Social-Psychological Aspects of Religion and Prejudice: Evidence from Survey and Experimental Research
7. Religion and the Origins of Anti-Atheist Prejudice
8. Religion, 'Religion', and Tolerance
9. Freedom, Toleration and the Naturalness of Religion
10. Religious Disagreement and Religious Accommodation
11. The View from the East Pole: Buddhist and Confucian Tolerance.
12. How Religion Undermines Compromise
13. The Limits of Religious Tolerance A Secular View
A: Religion and Intolerance: A Critical Commentary
B: Religion, Intolerance and Conflict: Practical Implications for Social Policy