Drawing primarily on Jewish, Christian, and Islamic texts, as well as on philosophical and sociological concepts, I will examine religion and its relationship to violence from three distinct, but related perspectives; namely, that 1) religion is directly linked with violence; 2) religion functions as one among many factors that influence violence; and 3) religions are unwilling participants in the practice of violence. This essay begins by setting a context for the study of religion, violence, and peace, followed by a presentation of the three perspectives mentioned above, concluding with possibilities for the study and practice of future peace-making.
Coppola, D.L. (2000). The problem of religion, violence, and peace: An uneasy trilogy. In J.H. Ehrenkranz and D.L. Coppola (Eds.). Religion and violence, religion and peace: Essays from the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding Conference in Auschwitz, Poland, May 1998 (pp. 15-44). Fairfield, CT: Sacred Heart University Press.