Peaceful Traditions in Abrahamic Religions

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Religious traditions for peace can be found in many cultures, fitting many of the paradigms that various societies demand. The Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam all have traditions that promote peace, yet are unfortunately displayed as followed by few. Using the eight cultural definitions defined by William S. Stewart in Understanding Politics, the following paper will attempt to place the eight cultures in a context of peace as it relates to the Abrahamic religious traditions. Teleology, or the philosophical belief that there is order intrinsic in the universe, is a very important religious foundation which can or cannot be compatible with various political cultures. Traditional anarchist and Tory corporatist cultures may find that Teleology’s precepts are very compatible with Abrahamic religious beliefs. For this reason, we find that religious adherents are much more common in Tory and Anarchist groups, for reasons of tradition rather than conscious philosophical thought. For the same reason, Fascists are also more prone to have religious foundations. In the same way, Oligarchs may find religious beliefs acceptable, yet only if it is a tradition in their group. The quality of individuality so important in western values, best expressed in classical liberals and even more so in radical liberals, can also be expressed in the religious traditions of Islam and Protestant Christianity. Both religious traditions place an individual’s personal relationship with the creator as the foundations of the faith. This individuality is extremely important in many postmodern political cultures. Tory corporatists however are the dominate cultural group for both Protestants and Muslims. Peace, however, as a tradition can be a quality more difficult to find. In the United States today, many Tory corporatist groups also have traditions
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