Do the religions cause war, or is their tendency to intensify violence outweighed by their potential for peace? Are multicultural societies, as Huntington thinks, condemned to ethnic conflict, or is a specifically interreligious ethic emerging from their new patterns of relationships? This book examines the liberal agenda of dialogue and pluralism and finds that we need a more radical approach involving indigenous peoples, women and the poor if we are to find solutions - together - to the problems of economic injustice and the threat of ecological degradation. It contains the Ethel Hayton Lectures delivered at the University of Wollongong, Australia, in 1994.
John D'Arcy May was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1942. He did postgraduate studies in ecumenical theology (Münster) and Buddhist-Christian dialogue (Frankfurt) before working as an ecumenist in Papua New Guinea. He is now Associate Professor of Interfaith Dialogue and Ethics at the Irish School of Ecumenics in Dublin.