THE Corrymeela Community is well known for its work in promoting peace in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. In the more peaceful context of today, it faces new challenges. Alf McCreary’s In War and Peace tells the story of the community from its beginning and how it is adapting to a new situation (The Brehon Press, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-1-905474-15-8).
Since 1988, seminars have been held as part of the Towards Social Transformation initiative; it arose out of the Anglican Association for Social Responsibility, but has been fully ecumenical. The aim has been to promote dialogue between Christians working in the social-responsibility area. A World Transformed: When hope collapses and faiths collide by Pat Logan has its roots in these seminars. It is an attempt to continue the dialogue, with a focus on theology. The five transformations discussed are mission, relations (what does civil society mean?), meanings (culture), economies, and politics (Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, £15 (£13.50); 978-0-85169-334-7).
Shalom/Salaam/Peace: A liberation theology of hope has Israel/Palestine as its subject. Constance Hammond looks at the past history of religious relationships — Christian, Muslim, Jew — and suggests that liberation theology may provide a solution to years of conflict that peacemakers have yet to be able to end (Equinox, £14.99 (£13.50); 978-1-84553-380-9).
There is a common theme in Muslim and Christian scripture — that humanity lives under God. But, how we think of God can cause division. In A Christian-Muslin Inter-Text Now: From anathemata to theme, Kenneth Cragg explores these issues in the context of today, a world of rising secularism, explicit sexuality, and political division (Melisende, £15 (£13.50); 978-1-901764-50-5).
Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are the five faiths Paul Gwynne explores in World Religions in Practice: A comparative introduction. He takes topics common to the faiths, for example, birth, death, building, and journey, and looks at each across the five traditions (Blackwell Publishing, £19.99 (£18); 978-1-4051-6703-1).
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