The Ekklesia website reports today (July 6, 2010) that Daniel Philpott of the University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies is launching a new program on religion and peace.
"The idea of reconciliation has deep roots in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and other faiths," says Philpott, associate professor of political science and peace studies, who is directing the new research program on religion and reconciliation at the Kroc Institute.
He added, "Reconciliation has a strong affinity to religion, and many religious people are highly motivated to be peace-builders."
Philpott is working on this project with Jennifer Llewellyn of Dalhousie University Law School to develop the concepts of restorative justice and reconciliation and explore the meaning for forgiveness, amnesty, truth-telling, and reparations. A team of scholars has been commissioned to write papers on the concepts and present them at the Kroc Institute in the fall of 2010.