By James J. Busuttil, VI International Conference on Religion, Gerrie Ter Haar, Gerrie Ter Haar
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She illustrates this in her chapter by showing how Buddhist thought could contribute to the discussion of global peace and human security in the 21st century. Brieﬂy, she argues that human security is a secular concept in need of a spiritual dimension, a view which concords with the argument previously made in this chapter: spiritual resources are necessary for building peace or indeed for any other common good. An approach that leads to deﬁning human security in terms that recognise the role of spirituality may result, in her view, to a fuller understanding of the causes of human suﬀering.
These various dimensions of religion can all be used in the service of a human striving for peace. Religious ideas that contain the seeds of a peaceful resolution to conﬂict can be strengthened, as shown in various chapters of this volume. This can be done through identifying such ideas and by giving 43 See in this volume Muzaﬀar, op. , at 77–78. See in this volume Muzaﬀar, op. , at 72–74, and Ngala, op. , in this volume, at 154–59. 44 religion: source of conflict or resource for peace? 23 them new layers of meaning.
Hence, the reinterpretation of religious ideas according to their historical and social context includes the development of new theologies that address contemporary issues. During an international workshop on religion and human rights in Ghana in 2002 it was suggested that a theology of “the other” is sorely needed, as well as a theology of “transformation”. 46 Marc Gopin refers in his chapter to the use of imagination to resolve conﬂicts. He also speaks in this context of the power of myth, arguing how the Abrahamic family myth opens up new possibilities for inclusion that may lead to visions for peace.