Religion and Peacebuilding


Religion can play a positive role in peacebuilding, according to the latest research from the Institute for Economics and peace. The report, Five Key Questions Answered on the Link between Peace and Religion, provides a statistical analysis about the empirical link between peace and religion.

Can Religion Play A Positive Role In Peacebuilding?

Current events dominating global media coverage stand in contrast to the positive role that religion can play in building peace. Some of the world’s most renowned peace advocates are deeply religious individuals, including Bishop Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King Jr, and Mahatma Gandhi.

Religion is a common bond shared by people of diverse social backgrounds. In this way, religion can play a pivotal role peacebuilding, transcending racial, cultural and ethnic differences.  As demonstrated in the graph above, religion can lead to social cohesion which unites communities and increases civic engagement.  This creates more inclusive and familiar social groupings, which in turn improves tolerance and understanding between different religious groups.

While the competition between different religious groups is often emphasised, there are a number of initiatives and programs which aim to increase engagement between opposing religions. Inter-faith dialogue is one of the most powerful tools in conflict resolution. Organisations like Religions for Peace have worked all over the globe to resolve conflict, including reconciliation efforts in South Africa and Sierra Leone.

For a full answer to the question: ‘Can Religion Play A Positive Role In Peace-building?’ download the Religion and Peace Report and skip to page 21.

About the Report

‘Religion and Peace’ is a global statistical analysis of the empirical link between religion and peace. The report answers five key questions based on common themes featured in popular media. The five questions addressed are:

Question 1: Is religion the main cause of conflict today?

Question 2: Does the proportion of religious belief or atheism in a country determine the peace of the country?

Question 3: Does the demographic spread of Sunni and Shia in Muslim majority countries affect peace?

Question 4: Is religion key to understanding what drives peace?

Question 5: Can religion play a positive role in peacebuilding?

Download the Report

For more information, download the full report: Five Key Questions Answered on the Link between Peace and Religion.

 

 

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