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Cure or Curse? The Role of Religion in Violent Conflict and Peaceful Governance

Cure or Curse? The Role of Religion in Violent Conflict and Peaceful Governance Global Governance 18 (2012), 149–169 GLOBAL INSIGHTS Cure or Curse? The Role of Religion in Violent Conflict and Peaceful Governance Rama Mani From the Origins of Religion to the Present Impasse Religions emerged in the dawn of prehistory, as ubiquitous, diverse responses of humankind to the bewildering wonderment of our planet. They celebrated the earth’s bounty, the sky’s gifts, and their fundamental unpredictability. Cos- motheandry prevailed: the entire cosmos was inhabited by theos, and deemed divine. Everything in the universe, under one’s feet and above one’s head, was considered sacred. Both “mother” earth and “father” sky were venerated, their cosmic marriage giving birth to the bountiful universe. The inscrutable fertil- ity of women and nature was worshipped. It was unthinkable for our early an- cestors to be anthropocentric and believe that all of this marvelous creation was for their species’ benefit alone, to be used and disposed at whim. It was self-evident to humans then that their species was but one link in this indivis- ible chain of life where everything was interconnected, all infinitely different yet seamlessly one. Living in unbroken union with nature, human beings found innumerable geographically specific ways to venerate and entreat the elements. Uncovering http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Cure or Curse? The Role of Religion in Violent Conflict and Peaceful Governance

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
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10.1163/19426720-01802002
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Abstract

Global Governance 18 (2012), 149–169 GLOBAL INSIGHTS Cure or Curse? The Role of Religion in Violent Conflict and Peaceful Governance Rama Mani From the Origins of Religion to the Present Impasse Religions emerged in the dawn of prehistory, as ubiquitous, diverse responses of humankind to the bewildering wonderment of our planet. They celebrated the earth’s bounty, the sky’s gifts, and their fundamental unpredictability. Cos- motheandry prevailed: the entire cosmos was inhabited by theos, and deemed divine. Everything in the universe, under one’s feet and above one’s head, was considered sacred. Both “mother” earth and “father” sky were venerated, their cosmic marriage giving birth to the bountiful universe. The inscrutable fertil- ity of women and nature was worshipped. It was unthinkable for our early an- cestors to be anthropocentric and believe that all of this marvelous creation was for their species’ benefit alone, to be used and disposed at whim. It was self-evident to humans then that their species was but one link in this indivis- ible chain of life where everything was interconnected, all infinitely different yet seamlessly one. Living in unbroken union with nature, human beings found innumerable geographically specific ways to venerate and entreat the elements. Uncovering

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 12, 2012

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