Category: Religion – Religion and Peace Studies


Transcending Time and Space: The Social Practice of Weixin Shengjiao in Facing Global Ethical Responsibility

The purpose of this study is to investigate the attitudes of Weixin Shengjiao in Taiwan toward the issue of global ethical responsibility for social suffering, how Weixin Shengjiao learns the root causes of the current social suffering issues, and how Weixin Shengjiao undertakes the social practice of global ethical responsibility. The findings of the study


Who Will Heal the Wounded Soul of Modernity? Is It Spirituality or the Spiritual Modernity?

The ancient sages of the world had been the real practisers to obtaining the optimal quantum of spirituality for rhythmic life. Soul loves fertile spiritual fields to be cultivated. She needs a pure pool of water, a puff of air, and a serene and blessed environment to awaken the cosmic energies and spiritual forces. Unfortunately,


Promoting Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism: An Analysis of John Paul II’s ‘Ut Unum Sint’ and Its Relevance to Peace Education

There are moments in history that religion has been a cause for division, debates, and misunderstandings. This sad reality defeats the purpose of the goal of religion to promote faith, hope, and love. Instead of uniting people, the diverse understanding of other faithful posits the opposite. With this, this paper explicates the importance of promoting


The ZEA and the ZED: Examining Zones of Ethical Agreement and Disagreement between Premillennial Dispensationalism and a Realism Approach to International Relations

The eschatological belief of Premillennial Dispensationalism has been a cornerstone of the fundamentalist evangelical belief system in the United States. As will be discussed in this presentation, the ideological claims in Premillennial Dispensationalism have a history of permeating foreign policy despite the fact that International Relations is typically characterized by a more secular paradigm. Premillennial


The Relationship of Religious Orientation with Happiness and Resilience and the Mediational Role of Locus of Control

The goal of the study was to study the relationships between intrinsic and extrinsic religious orientations, and happiness and resilience and to test the meditational role of locus of control. Based on the review of literature, it was hypothesized that intrinsic religious orientation will have a positive correlation with both the dependent variables: happiness and


Are the Devotions of the Passion of Jesus in Macau Still a “Dangerous Memory”?

Among the multiple images used to promote Macau as a touristic destination, we can find some related with the Christian traditions, in particular with the Catholic devotions to the Passion of Christ and the cult of the Virgin Mary. Discussing the concept of “dangerous memory” as proposed by Johann Baptist Metz and analyzing the rituals


The Power of Nonviolence in Procuring Lasting Sociopolitical and Economic Change: A Christian Ethical Perspective

The world-wide phenomenon of violence today has become a dominating issue of profound concern among ethicists and social science scholars. Violence often finds breeding grounds where there is injustice and inequality. The issues of the place of violent actions in unjust systems and whether or not we should embark upon violent actions to bring about


The Millennial Inventory: A New Instrument to Identify Pre- Versus Post- Millennialist Orientation

Millennialism is an influential topic in peace studies and religious literature, and is generally divided into the following two subcategories: premillennialism and postmillennialism (Galtung, 1965, 1985; Kay, 1999; Mason, 2004). Premillennialists subscribe to the belief that Christ will initiate the beginning of the millennial age (Galtung, 1964). Postmillennialists believe that Christ will come after the