Faith-Based Reconciliation Outline of Notes

By Brian Cox, February 2, 2007

A. Introduction

  1. This paradigm is informed by my active involvement in party politics in the U.S. from 1962 to 1972.
  2. I reentered politics in 1985, but from a different perspective, of bringing faith and politics together.
  3. This paradigm is informed by my theological training at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I am an ordained Anglican pastor and have been for over thirty years.
  4. This paradigm is informed by my training as a professional in conflict resolution. I teach as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University Law School in Malibu, California.
  5. This paradigm is informed by seventeen years of faith-based reconciliation work in the field in such places as East Central Europe, Kashmir, Sudan and the Middle East. Hence, I speak as a practitioner and not so much as a scholar.

B. Faith-Based Reconciliation In Context

  1. From seventeen years of experience in the field I came to realize that traditional diplomacy and conflict resolution models were inadequate to address intractable identity-based conflict. Hence, I developed faith-based reconciliation as an alternative paradigm.
  2. In a post 9/11 world we are faced with the growing problem of religious extremism and militancy in all three Abrahamic traditions.
  3. From the experience in Kashmir I learned from former militant leaders that it is not enough to take the gun out of a man’s hand. You have to deal with the ideology that causes him to pick up the gun in the first place.
  4. To deal with the ideology one must present a more compelling alternative.
  5. I was told by former militants that faith-based reconciliation represented that compelling alternative because it focused on transformation; changing the heart.
  6. From my study of the sacred texts in all three Abrahamic traditions I am absolutely convinced that faith-based reconciliation is the heart of the Abrahamic tradition. It represents a more ancient and accurate understanding of the religion of Abraham.

C. Faith-Based Reconciliation: Eight Core Values…

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These are the notes from a presentation given at the International Institute of Islamic Thought in Herndon, Virginia on February 2, 2007.

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