Religious Studies; Religion and Conflict.

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Conflict.

Disagreement between people or groups. May be based on prejudice or misunderstanding. May lead to violence or war. 

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Interfaith Dialogue.

Working to bring understanding between people of different faiths. This helps to avoid misunderstanding and conflict. Avoids stereotyping, eg. All muslims support terrorism. 

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Just War.

A set ideas for deciding if it is just/right to go to war ie. can going to war be justified, eg. must be a just cause such as self defence, must be with a just aim such as preventing evil, must aim to restore peace, must be a last resort. 

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Non-violent protest.

Peaceful protest, trying to address wrongs in society without resorting to violence. eg. Martin Luther King used methods like marches and the bus baycott to end racist laws.

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Pacifism.

Belief that physical force or violence is never the solution; not in personal relationships nor between nations. War is never 'just'. Pacifists will not fight in a war, will work for peace and reconciliation. Will try to tackle wrongs in society with peaceful protests eg Quakers.

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Reconciliation.

To bring peace to a broken relationship, to renew friendship. To build bridges, to make up and start to work together again. 

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