Religion and Conflict Attribution

An Empirical Study of the Religious Meaning System of Christian, Muslim and Hindu Students in Tamil Nadu, India


Religion can play a dual role with regard to conflict. It can promote either violence or peace. Religion and Conflict Attribution seeks to clarify the causes of religious conflict as perceived by Christian, Muslim and Hindu college students in Tamil Nadu, India. These students in varying degrees attribute conflict to force-driven causes, namely to coercive power as a means of achieving the economic, political or socio-cultural goals of religious groups. The study reveals how force-driven religious conflict is influenced by prescriptive beliefs like religious practice and mystical experience, and descriptive beliefs such as the interpretation of religious plurality and religiocentrism. It also elaborates on the practical consequences of the salient findings for the educational process.
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Francis-Vincent Anthony, STD (Sacrae Theologiae Doctor, 1993), Salesian Pontifical University Rome is Associate Professor of Fundamental Practical Theology, Director of the Institute of Pastoral Theology and Director of the Interfaculty Commission for Research at the Salesian Pontifical University.

Chris A.M. Hermans, Ph.D. (1986), Radboud University Nijmegen, is Professor of Empirical Religious Studies and Professor in Empirical Theology at that University. He has published on moral and religious education, normative teacher professionalism, school identity and spirituality.

Carl Sterkens, Ph.D. (2001), Radboud University Nijmegen is Associate Professor of Empirical Religious Studies. He has published on interreligious dialogue, interreligious education and religious conflict.
Academic institutions, researchers, post-graduate students and religious authorities interested in the scientific study of religion. The findings are of specific relevance to educationalists dealing with interreligious and intercultural issues.

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