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Erica Levin: Religious Assembly

  The United Nations (UN) was the first peacemaking organization of its kind, bringing together the global community for dialogue and collaboration, and moving away from history’s past violence. While this organization brings together the world’s political institutions, it falters in dealings where cultures clash, as seen with the failure for peace in the Israel-Palestine(…)

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Erica Levin: Marc Chagall’s Works of Peace

I do not think I know one Jew that was not affected by the Holocaust. As a Jew, you are raised knowing a piece of yourself is missing, that it was lost years ago, taken from you. As a Jew, you are expected to come to terms with a part of your family being murdered,(…)

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Erica Levin: Religion, Politics, and Political Forgiveness

Erica Levin: Religion, Politics, and Political Forgiveness

  The religious and political realms follow parallel purposes: leading their followers. In religion the moral code aims to solve inner strife, while in politics the code of law regulates external conflict. Their intersection comes at the end of a conflict when both inner and outer pain occurs. Daniel Philpott in Strategies for Peace explains(…)

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Erica Levin: How can religion play a part in the conduct of war?

Erica Levin: How can religion play a part in the conduct of war?

The public often condemns religion, as it is perceived to be the source of most conflicts. However, from 1989 to 2003 only 22% of conflicts involved religious claims and only 36% of terrorist groups had a religious component (Philpott). In reality, religious teachings established the framework for the laws of war known today. Religious teachings(…)

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Erica Levin: Building Friendship for Peacemaking

Erica Levin: Building Friendship for Peacemaking

World peace will never be attained, nor should it be. Healthy conflict can prevent more serious issues from arising and help spur created new solutions that make the world better. Creating an environment where disagreements can lead to progressive results rather than war is the crux of the peacemaking ideal. Peacemaking involves a holistic and(…)

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