Religion without Violence

The Practice and Philosophy of Scriptural Reasoning

By Peter Ochs

Foreword by David F. Ford

Religion without Violence

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  • ISBN: 9781532638930
  • Pages: 242
  • Publication Date: 11/18/2019
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Religion without Violence

The Practice and Philosophy of Scriptural Reasoning

By Peter Ochs

Foreword by David F. Ford

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  • ISBN: 9781532638930
  • Pages: 242
  • Publication Date: 11/18/2019
  • Retail Price: $29.00
Web Price: $23.20
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In 1992, Peter Ochs and a few Christian and Muslim colleagues began to gather small groups, in and outside the classroom, to practice close and attentive reading of the sacred Scriptures of the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions. The hope was that members of different religions could hear one another through the patient, respectful reading of each other’s Scripture. Hearing each other, participants might enter into interreligious relationships that might point a way to the peaceful engagement of religions—especially those who, after September 11, 2001, too often found themselves at each other’s throats. It was a hope for religion without violence.



Nearly thirty years later, this practice of study-across-difference has seeded an international movement, now named Scriptural Reasoning. The movement nurtures cooperative study among students, scholars, and congregants devoted to distinctly different religious and value traditions.



In Religion without Violence, Ochs reflects on the practical and philosophic lessons he has learned from hosting hundreds of Scriptural Reasoning engagements. He introduces the “scriptural pragmatism” of Scriptural Reasoning.” He painstakingly recounts instances of successful scriptural reasoning and warns where and how it might fail. He provides guidance on how to introduce and facilitate Scriptural Reasoning in the classroom. He shows how reading out of the “hearth” of a faith can contribute to peace building across religions. And, drawing on the resources of rabbinic tradition, Augustine, and Charles Peirce, he moves beyond practice to reflect on the implications of Scriptural Reasoning for discerning what kinds of “reasoning” best address and help repair societal crises like religion-related violent conflict.


Endorsements & Reviews-

“No one should be surprised that Peter Ochs cares about helping us live at peace with one another, but it is an added benefit that in this book Peter helps us see how the practice of Scriptural Reasoning enacts that commitment. As always there is more to what Peter has to say than is immediately obvious, but then one of the abiding characteristics of Peter's work is to help us see how attention to ‘thirds’ makes possible an understanding of one another otherwise impossible. Peace, it turns out, begins with reading together.”

—Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School



“Scriptural Reasoning is now a major practice in interfaith engagement around the world and in many spheres of modern life, and Peter Ochs, its cofounder and leading practitioner and thinker, here gives the most comprehensive and authoritative account of it so far. It is a remarkable achievement by Ochs, showing not only how the practice deals with key issues between religions, but also how it connects with peacebuilding, university disciplines, and some core problems faced by our civilization. This book will speak to diverse readers, whether they are unfamiliar with Scriptural Reasoning, beginning to practice it, or experienced in it.”

—David F. Ford, University of Cambridge



“This is the first systematic introduction to the practice and theory of Scriptural Reasoning. Peter Ochs is the person whose energy and vision started Scriptural Reasoning and gave it its theoretical basis as a new form of interreligious dialogue based on group readings of Scripture as opposed to theological discussions of religious doctrines. . . . This is an extremely important and timely book.”

—Steven Kepnes, Colgate University



“Peter Ochs presents us with the fruits generated by over twenty-five years of active engagement with Scriptural Reasoning. Through a wide range of concrete examples of how this practice works ‘on the ground,’ alongside philosophical and hermeneutical reflection, he provides readers with a deep reservoir of resources for building upon his insights and extending them in new future directions. Ochs puts forth a powerful vision of how scriptural engagement across traditions can contribute to repair in today’s world.”

—Daniel H. Weiss, University of Cambridge

Contributors-

Peter Ochs
David F. Ford

Bio(s)-

Peter Ochs is the Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. A cofounder of the Society for Textual Reasoning, his other books include The Return to Scripture in Judaism and Christianity.

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