500 Reviews / International Journal of Public Th eology 1 (2007) 489–505 Iain S. Maclean, ed., Reconciliation, Nations and Churches in Latin America (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006), pp. xi + 268, £50.00, ISBN 0–7546–5030–8 (hbk). Iain S. Maclean’s edited volume, Reconciliation, Nations and Churches in Latin Amer- ica , addresses the important intersection between religion and reconciliation in the reconstruction of nations. To their credit, the authors understand that, while truth commissions and other methods used to build a sustainable peace have emerged in the past twenty years as important areas of study among political scientists and students of international development, there remains a lack of research on the role of religious leaders; speciﬁcally theologians, churches and religious movements, as both social and political actors in post-conﬂict transitions. Since religion does play a vital role in virtu- ally all transition processes, and because research on the subject continues to lag behind other approaches to post-conﬂict reconciliation, this book is both timely and signiﬁcant. Th e book is divided into three parts. Th e ﬁrst part, ‘Nations and Reconciliations’, consists of ﬁve chapters that examine examples of national commissions that took place in Latin America. Th e focus of these
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Published: Jan 1, 2007
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