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The Resource Protestant identity and peace in Northern Ireland, Graham Spencer, (electronic book)

Protestant identity and peace in Northern Ireland, Graham Spencer, (electronic book)

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Protestant identity and peace in Northern Ireland
Title
Protestant identity and peace in Northern Ireland
Statement of responsibility
Graham Spencer
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Based on interview material with a wide range of Protestant clergy in Northern Ireland, this book examines how Protestant identity impacts on the possibility of peace and stability and argues for greater involvement by the Protestant churches in the transition from conflict to a 'post-conflict' Northern Ireland.
  • 'Graham Spencer has brought us an important and thoughtful contribution with regard to 'Protestant Identity and Peace in Northern Ireland'. It is a challenging read and, I believe, will encourage the reader to critically review how they relate propositional truth in the process of loving our neighbour and living peacefully in our shared space.' - Rt Rev Dr Ivan Patterson, Moderator, Presbyterian Church in Ireland, UK 'Graham Spencer's work to date has made a vital contribution to understanding the complexities and struggles that pervade the transition from conflict to post-conflict society in Northern Ireland. Here, Graham makes the case for a greater involvement by the churches in dialogue, reinforcing progress made in the political realm. The testimony he elicits from Protestant clergy reveals a multi-layered picture of identity, but the argument he puts forward for transforming exclusive narratives into inclusive ones is a compelling and profound one. This is a necessary work for understanding the role of the churches in Northern Ireland today.' - Duncan Morrow, Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council, UK 'As a well-informed objective observer, Graham Spencer provides a 'not-before-time' challenge to the churches to a process of critical self-reflection and a re-discovery of the significant but distinctive contribution of the Christian story to the complex and difficult issues of forgiveness and reconciliation in a post-conflict situation. Of particular importance is Graham's emphasis on how the distinctive characteristics of 'fundamentalism' and 'liberalism' impact either negatively or positively upon the socio-political and psychological life of a community, the causes of conflict and the search for a just and lasting peace. Here are lessons for any society in which religion has had a significant influence for good or ill, as it has in Northern Ireland.' - Rev Dr Harold Good, Former President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, OBE 'Graham Spencer has done us a particular service in enabling Anglicans and Protestants in Ireland to see themselves not only as others see them, but also as they see themselves. Through the context, substance and tenor of the interview and the responses of the interviewee one begins to see things through the eyes of others and confront what others perceive to be the marks of one's character and identity. In this way a door is opened for the examination of the unexamined and a testing of the authenticity of one's own self-image. Graham Spencer's study enables each of the denominations under scrutiny to confront those issues. It is a bracing exercise but essential, especially in the context of the search for a sustainable peace with justice in Northern Ireland. We owe Graham Spencer a great debt in so stimulating and provoking us.' - The Most Revd Alan Harper, OBE, Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland and Metropolitan
Cataloging source
UK-WkNB
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Spencer, Graham
Dewey number
306.680409416
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Peace
  • Protestantism
  • Protestant churches
  • Northern Ireland
Summary expansion
What role can and do Protestant churches play in the development of peace and stability in Northern Ireland? Drawing from interviews with a wide range of Protestant clergy, this book examines how identity impacts on the Protestant imagination and relates that identity to the possibility of peace. Using history and theology as a context for understanding the principles and values on which Protestantism is built, clergy talk about how those values and principles shape different Church attitudes towards forgiveness and reconciliation. Placing these comments alongside Catholic interviews, to demonstrate differences in Christian emphasis and conviction, the book moves towards a consideration of how positive relations between opposing communities might take shape and recommends a new outlook based on inclusive rather than exclusive narratives
Label
Protestant identity and peace in Northern Ireland, Graham Spencer, (electronic book)
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Publication
Contents
Acknowledgements Introduction Protestant History and Imagination Evangelicalism, Presbyterianism and Protestant Church identity in Northern Ireland Dealing with peace through forgiveness and reconciliation The Catholic Outlook Ecumenism: A Case Study of the Inter-Church Group on Faith and Politics Christianity in a 'Post-conflict' Northern Ireland Conclusion Bibliography Index
Control code
9780230365346
Extent
280 p.
Form of item
electronic
Governing access note
Users can print and/or download individual articles/chapters and other individual items from Palgrave Connect ebooks, limited to no more than one chapter per title per authorised user
Isbn
9780230201613
Specific material designation
unspecified
Type of computer file
PDF.
Label
Protestant identity and peace in Northern Ireland, Graham Spencer, (electronic book)
Publication
Contents
Acknowledgements Introduction Protestant History and Imagination Evangelicalism, Presbyterianism and Protestant Church identity in Northern Ireland Dealing with peace through forgiveness and reconciliation The Catholic Outlook Ecumenism: A Case Study of the Inter-Church Group on Faith and Politics Christianity in a 'Post-conflict' Northern Ireland Conclusion Bibliography Index
Control code
9780230365346
Extent
280 p.
Form of item
electronic
Governing access note
Users can print and/or download individual articles/chapters and other individual items from Palgrave Connect ebooks, limited to no more than one chapter per title per authorised user
Isbn
9780230201613
Specific material designation
unspecified
Type of computer file
PDF.

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