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A Whisper Toward Peace: A Theoretical Analysis of the Council for a Parliament of the World Religions

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Abstract:

The Council for a Parliament of the World Religions has been meeting since 1993 to foster a global religious ethic toward world peace, based on the premise that major world religions share this ethic in common. Roland Robertson's multidimensional model of globalization is utilized to analyze the Parliament's foundational Declaration, and explore why the Parliament's message is not receiving wider attention. Excerpts from anti-Parliament sources are included. Based on this analysis, the Parliament appears to have a limited conception of globalization, and so offers but a partial knowledge claim on how religion can resolve global problems. Seen in this light, it is not surprising that some oppose the Parliament's agenda, feel alienated by it, or—given its limitations—are not aware of it.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5906.2008.00430.x

Affiliations: Jon P. Bloch is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Southern Connecticut State University.

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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