Prospects for Theology in Peacebuilding : A Theological Analysis of the Just Peace Concept in the Textual Process towards an International Ecumenical Peace Declaration, World Council of Churches 2008-2011

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)


This study takes its starting point in the questions of whether and how theology might serve as a faith-based
peacebuilding resource. Based on an exploration of the textual process towards an international ecumenical
declaration on just peace in the World Council of Churches, it suggests that theology can indeed serve as such
a resource and it sketches how theology can make such a contribution. The exploration, which takes place in
two stages, focuses on the theological development of the concept of just peace and is guided by the research
question “What are the prospects for theology in peacebuilding?”. The first stage seeks to discern how the
discourse presented in the textual process makes a contribution to the theological construction of the just peace
concept. The second stage investigates how the theological construction of the just peace concept provides an
example of theology as an essential, faith-based peacebuilding resource. The exploration constitutes a
constructive theological analysis of the just peace concept, carried out in view of the four perspectives of
theological ethics, biblical interpretation, spirituality, and ecumenical vision. It is guided by the pursuit of
identifying theological resources for religiously motivated peacebuilding endeavours in our time.


  • Sara Gehlin
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Religious Studies
Original languageEnglish
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Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
Award date2016 Mar 19
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2016-03-19 Time: 14:15 Place: Hörsalen, Språk- och litteraturcentrum, Helgonabacken 12, Lund External reviewer(s) Name: Smyth, Geraldine S. Title: PhD Affiliation: University of Dublin, Irland ---