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28 July 2009


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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