Author Pens Interfaith Manifesto to Provide Deeper Understanding of the Roots of Violence and Nonviolence

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George Wolfe’s new Xlibris release makes a compelling case for peace education and interreligious dialogue.

An excellent introduction to principled spiritually-based nonviolence. Professor Wolfe’s blend of different wisdom traditions is especially useful.

An examination of religion, war, and theories relevant to nonviolence from an interfaith perspective awaits readers in George Wolfe’s The Spiritual Power of Nonviolence: Interfaith Understanding for a Future Without War. Released through Xlibris, this book provides a deep understanding of the roots of violence and nonviolence.

Religion and violence—the two concepts seem incompatible given the emphasis in religion on virtue, love, forgiveness and compassion. Yet many scriptures contain martial images and stories of god-inspired military conquest. The Spiritual Power of Nonviolence confronts this theological contradiction, arguing that martial images and symbols found in religious texts are often meant to be interpreted as metaphors for an inner spiritual struggle and should never be used as a justification for war.

The analysis is undertaken from an interfaith perspective that explains many of the paradoxical concepts found in theories of nonviolence. An appeal is also made to restore civil discourse in the public arena, and for politicians and religious leaders to refrain from using religious language when engaging in hawkish political rhetoric.

“An excellent introduction to principled spiritually-based nonviolence. Professor Wolfe’s blend of different wisdom traditions is especially useful.” — Dr. Michael Nagler, Professor Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley, author of The Search for a Nonviolent Future

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About the Author
George Wolfe teaches at Ball State University. As an interdisciplinary scholar, he presents a compelling case for the sustainability paradigm and for offering peace education and interreligious dialogue on a global scale. With the mind of a theologian and the vision of a prophet, Professor Wolfe probes the scriptures of the world proving that nonviolence is a shared virtue and that the real enemy we must battle against and ultimately defeat is actually within us.

The Spiritual Power of Nonviolence * by George Wolfe
Interfaith Understanding for a Future Without War
Publication Date: September 29, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 189 pages; 978-1-4535-7289-4
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 189 pages; 978-1-4535-7290-0
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-7291-7

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