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Chris Hedges is a Harvard seminary graduate, activist and US journalist who was fired from the New York Times for his criticism of the Iraq War. He now works as an independent writer and publishes a weekly column at “truthdig”: http://www.truthdig.com/

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Any Christian assessment of violence in any other religion must face the violence in our own sacred texts.

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Even if the Qu’ran contains 109 verses that appear to call Muslims to go to war against infidels, it is clear that, the vast majority of Muslims, no longer practice or incite violence as a fundamental tenet of their faith. They must read their sacred texts in a way that enables them to continue to revere the words while understanding their implications in ways that do not demand taking up arms.

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In an interview posted on YouTube 22 August 2015, Noam Chomski responded to a question about the origins of ISIS.

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Belief systems are not defined only by the practices or lives of their adherents. They also in part carry the identity of the sacred texts to which they appeal for their tradition.

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The price of peace is paid in the currency of forgiveness.

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Is Islam an inherently violent belief system?

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It probably should come as no surprise that a Cistercian monk might consider prayer to be one of the pillars of peace.

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So much of the challenge of living together with some degree of harmony in the human community depends on presence.

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Brother Christian de Cherge’s second pillar of peace is deeply counterintuitive.

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