“While it is evident that a multi-dimensional approach is needed, there tends to be an under-valuing of the importance of interconvictional and intercultural approaches to the process of building resilience in order to prevent violent extremism. The term interconvictional is used here to encompass what most understand as interfaith, but it includes those who are non-religious, non-believers, atheists, humanists and secularists, all who are also crucial parts of the religion and belief diversity of our societies.
Interconvictional and intercultural engagement, if done well, is a viable and productive area of action that can effectively address several different factors that have been shown to contribute to one’s vulnerability or resilience to extremist forces. Religion, like any other belief system or ideology, can be used to foment us vs. them paradigms and drive wedges of division in society. Interfaith or interconvictional perspectives, however, counteract this negative potential and support the positive force which religion and belief can play in fostering mutual understanding, respect and social cohesion.”
Read the full article written by CEJI Director Robin Sclafani about interconvictional dialogue as a way to combat extremism, published in the Our World Magazine.
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