About this Book
A landmark work by ICRD Founder/President Emeritus, Dr. Douglas Johnston, this book presents a collection of case studies and theoretical pieces attempts to restore this missing dimension to its rightful place in the conduct of international diplomacy. Published in 1994, this study offers the first systematic account of modern cases in which religious or spiritual factors have played a helpful role in preventing or resolving conflict and achieving non-violent socio-political change. Written by a distinguished roster of scholars, the cases presented span the globe, with examples from Europe, Central America, Asia, and Africa. Additional essays summarize the findings of these case studies to bring out their implications for foreign policy and the religious community.
“This book brings a refreshing change….Brings badly needed balance into the discussion of religion and international affairs.”–Foreign Affairs
“Religion and the passion it generates are a major aspect of our humanity, hence a major force not only in the lives of individuals but in the fate of nations. As the various authors of this edifying book keep reminding us, the aphorism that we don’t live by bread alone has enormous political and strategic implications.”–Robert Coles, Washington Post Book World
“Religion, The Missing Dimension of Statecraft holds lessons not only for government officials but also for religious leaders willing to take initiatives for peace. It should encourage the growth of diplomatically engaged religion as well as religiously informed diplomacy.”–Peter Steinfels, The New York Times