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The dynamics of conflict against the backdrop of globalization, and religion's role in fostering unity. A "logic of reconciliation" will allow us to find harmony among ideas, individuals, and communities.

Achieving Reconciliation in a Conflicting World

by Ismael Velasco

published in Journal of Bahá'í Studies, 18:1-4, pages 95-127
Ottawa: Association for Bahá'í Studies North America, 2008
About: This paper explores the dynamics of conflict—philosophical, personal, communal, and sociopolitical— against the backdrop of globalization, with a focus on religion’s role to both foster and overcome it. It argues that behind the Bahá’í principle of unity lies a “logic of reconciliation” by which we continuously seek, and continuously find, new capacity to contain paradox, transcend contradiction, and find harmony among ideas, individuals, communities, and nations. Far from denying or ignoring conflict, the Bahá’í writings push us to face it and find reconciliation. This process is an important contribution to the emergence, from the fractious present, of a sustainable and prosperous world order.
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