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Living Traditions and Universal Conviviality

Prospects and Challenges for Peace in Multireligious Communities

Edited by Roland Faber and Santiago Slabodsky - Contributions by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson; Dan Dombrowski; Brianne Donaldson; Jacob Erickson; Roland Faber; Meijun Fan; Catherine Keller; Ian Kluge; Jay McDaniel; C. Robert Mesle; Tokiyuki Nobuhara; Steve Odin; Santiago Slabodsky; Helene Slessarev-Jamir and Constance Wise

The World Parliament of Religions adopted the view that there will not be peace in this world without including peace among religions. Yet, even with the unified force of the world’s religions and wisdom traditions, this cannot be accomplished without justice among people. In one way or another, “unity” among religions, as based on justice and the will to accept the other’s religions and even irreligiosity as means of justice, will not prevail without an internal and external, spiritual, theological, philosophical and practical investigation into the very reasons for religious strife and fanaticism as well as the resources that people, cultures, religions and wisdom traditions might provide to disentangle them from the injustices of their host regimes, and to seek the “balance” that leads to a measure of universal fairness among the multiplicity of religious and non-religious expressions of humanity.
“Conviviality” expresses the depth and breadth of “living together,” which itself can be understood as a translation of a central term of Whitehead's philosophy and the process tradition—“concrescence” (growing together, becoming concrete)—as it is recently and increasingly used in different discourses to name the concrete community of difference of individuals, cultures, and religions in appreciation of the mutual inclusiveness of their lives.
This book seeks to bring together experts from different religious (and non-religious) traditions and spiritual persuasions to suggest ways in which the living wisdom traditions might contribute to, and transform themselves into, a universal conviviality among the people, cultures and religions of this world for a common future. It wishes to test the resources that we can contribute to this concurrent and urgent matter, aware of Whitehead's call for a radical transformation of power and violence in thought and action as, perhaps, the ultimate theory of conflict resolution.
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Lexington Books
Pages: 284Size: 6 3/8 x 9 1/2
978-1-4985-1335-7 • Hardback • March 2016 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-4985-1336-4 • eBook • March 2016 • $90.00 • (£60.00)
Roland Faber is Kilsby Family/John B. Cobb, Jr. professor of process studies at Claremont School of Theology, professor of religion and philosophy at Claremont Graduate University, executive codirector of the Center for Process Studies, and founder and executive director of the Whitehead Research Project.

Santiago Slabodsky is Florence and Robert Kaufman chair in Jewish studies and assistant professor of religion at Hofstra University–New York.
Roland Faber and Santiago Slabodsky
Bradley Shavit Artson
Mustafa Ruzgar
Ian Kluge
Constance Wise
Meijun Fan
Helene Slessarev-Jamir
Daniel A. Dombrowski
C. Robert Mesle
Catherine Keller
Roland Faber
Jacob Erickson
Toki Nobuhara
Brianne Donaldson
Steve Odin
Jay McDaniel
This volume asks what Whitehead’s process philosophy can offer to a planet in the midst of continual religious and political rupture. Each essay carefully grapples with the prospect of balancing justice and peace without resorting to stifling assimilation or alienating the other. The result is a compelling collection that imagines interreligious harmony not as a naïve utopia of sameness, but as a continual unfolding of events in which differences—both complementary and destructive—are ingredients.
J. R. Hustwit, Methodist University