New Book Release - Atone: Religion, Conflict, and Reconciliation, Edited by Drs. Brandon D. Lundy, Akanmu G. Adebayo, and Sherrill W. Hayes


KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb 26, 2018) — Edited by Brandon D. Lundy, Akanmu G. Adebayo, and Sherrill W. Hayes

Atone: Religion, Conflict, and Reconciliation

"Though images of religion-related violence around the world shape our perception of activist faith in the global era, these thoughtful essays show that religion can be not only a source for conflict but also a basis for tolerance, acceptance, and reconciliation. It is a useful corrective and a significant contribution to the growing literature on religion and peacebuilding in all traditions.” —Mark Juergensmeyer, UC Santa Barbara

“This book provides an interesting and eclectic set of case studies that problematize the paradoxical position of religion in modern conflict. With an important emphasis on under-addressed contexts like Africa, halal food, and religious songs, the book’s unique approach to the complicated interconnections between religion and reconciliation provides both academics and religious practitioners with evidence-based examples of religion’s social influence in the contemporary world. The book’s attempt to blend insider and outsider perspectives on religion as a driver of peaceful social change interrupts long held debates within the fields of Religious Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies.” —Jeremy Rinker, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

About the Book

The relationship between religion and conflict has generated considerable academic and political debate. Although the majority of religions and spiritual traditions are replete with wisdom that propagates a broader unity among human beings, these same examples have been used to legitimize hatred and fear. While some studies claim that religion facilitates peacebuilding, reconciliation, and healing, others argue that religion exacerbates hostility, instigates vengeance-seeking behaviors, and heightens conflict. This book addresses these rather complex issues from the perspective of reconciliation, or atonement, to advance both the frontiers of knowledge and the global search for alternative paths to peace. The contributions in the volume focus in three areas: (1) Reconciling Religious Conflicts, (2) Reconciling Conflict through Religion, and (3) Religious Reconciliations. In each of these sections scholars, practitioners, and religious leaders address specific examples that highlight the complex intersections of religious practices with global conflict and reconciliation efforts.

About the Editors

Brandon D. Lundy is associate professor of anthropology and associate director in the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development at Kennesaw State University. Akanmu G. Adebayo is professor of history at Kennesaw State University. Sherrill W. Hayes is professor and associate director of the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, and Development at Kennesaw State University.