For a Culture of Life
Konrad Raiser proposes a transformation of those processes of globalization which have brought into being a complex system of mutual interdependence as well as mutual suspicions that often end in violence. Beginning with an examination of the root causes and long-term implications of international cooperation and cross-cultural hostility, he argues for the creation of an "ecumenical space" for dialogue and the building of community. Recognizing that religious sentiments and affiliations underlie many contemporary conflicts, Raiser challenges any attempt to use the teachings of "peace, shalom and salaam" as justifications for violence. Noting the complexity of humanitarian intervention by military powers, he opposes the return to a "logic of war" and calls for the strengthening of peaceful, political means of conflict resolution.
Publication Date: 1/1/2002