Religion has assumed a central role in world affairs in recent years, for good and ill. However, in modern secular and pluralist societies such as Canada, it has become increasingly difficult for individual citizens to come to grips with the religious perspectives that guide and shape the world. For many, divergent religious traditions are alien or complex. For others, they seem simply irrelevant or archaic. Yet their significance cannot be denied.
Feature Book: Politics and the Religious Imagination, edited by John Dyck, Paul Rowe, and Jens Zimmermann.
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The Religion, Culture, and Conflict Research Group
Convinced that faith perspectives have an integral part in defining culture and in shaping the way we view one another in the modern world, the Religion, Culture, and Conflict Research Group seeks to take religion seriously as a motivator in public life. In a world where the image of civilizational clash contends with the elimination of religion from discussion and debate, we seek a third way.
Rather than seek to consign religion to irrelevance, we seek to embrace the search for meaning that is implicit in religious discourses. Rather than assume that contending religious perspectives are inherently prone to violent conflict, we seek a forum where people who take religion seriously may discuss their differences and use reason to unpack the wealth of insight that stems from these differences. Each of the members is committed to a different aspect of the interrelations of religion, culture, and conflict, providing depth of insight in both theoretical and empirical questions.
The Research Group seeks ways to explore our religious traditions in their entirety, and their relation to the larger culture. We seek to examine the extent to which fundamentalism represents an improper conflation of faith and culture. We seek to explore how useful Western traditions of liberty, tolerance, and respect for human rights are in creating an environment for assertion of religious viewpoints.
Bringing together the most educated and earnest representatives of different faiths, we explore the ways in which doctrinal essentials and particulars of faith practice transcend culture or are bound up with it.
For a more detailed explanation, see our Document, What is the RCCRG?
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