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Narratives of Peace in Religious Discourses

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In the Modern Age, the encounter and conflict between competing religious identities produced a renewed emphasis on the concept of peace, which was invested with religious, political and ideological connotations that still need to be investigated. This volume explores the role of religious discourse in the construction of the concept of peace from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, analyzing the narratives which in Europe gave extrahuman value to peace, with a focus on the processes of idealization of peace and the relationship with the concept of toleration. The volume investigates crucial authors such as Nicholas of Cusa, Luis Vives, Pico della Mirandola, Erasmus of Rotterdam, Thomas More, Pierre Bayle, Benjamin Constant, who reflected on the problem of tolerance as an attempt to shape the relationship between confessions as a peaceful coexistence beyond doctrinal differences. The essays explore the extent to which religious conflicts within Christianity triggered a rhetoric of peace and tolerance/toleration, for instance in the case of the French Wars of Religion and the Revolt of the Netherlands. The rhetoric and imaginary field of peace in its religious connotations are then explored and analyzed in their apocalyptic (for Benivieni or Savonarola) or humanistic connotations (from Petrarca to Pico). The essays combine history, philosophy, history of religions and anthropology, with approaches that go from the historical-critical analysis of documents, to archive research, to comparative history to the analysis of the world of objects, that, following the “material turn”, allows an alternative view on the narratives of confrontation and peace that presided over the intrareligious exchange.

Published: Mar 19, 2024


Section Chapter Authors
Foreword Alessandro Saggioro
The Crux of Peace: An Introduction Maria Fallica
Chapter 1
Theological and Philosophical Bases for Dialogue Between Religions in Cusanus’ De pace fidei Beatrice Tramontano
Chapter 2
Pius II, Nicholas of Cusa, and the Crusade to Retake Constantinople and Jerusalem Nathan Ron
Chapter 3
The Political Peace of Luis Vives and the Religious Peace of Pico della Mirandola: Philosophical Perspectives Between Italy and Spain Manuel López Forjas , Veronica Tartabini
Chapter 4
Peace, Prophecy, and the Apocalyptic Expectation: Girolamo Benivieni’s Letter to Clement VII Maria Fallica
Chapter 5
The Ambiguities of Erasmus’ Religious Peace: A Reading of De amabili ecclesiae concordia (1533) Ludovico Battista
Chapter 6
Specula Pacis: Cosmopolitan Pacifism in Desiderius Erasmus and Thomas More Antonello Mori , Antonio Senneca
Chapter 7
Peace in the Material World: Objects as a Meeting Points for Islamic and Christian Traditions in Late Sixteenth-Century Spain Francisco Moreno Díaz del Campo
Chapter 8
Political and Religious Moderates in the French Wars of Religion and the Revolt of the Netherlands: A Comparative Perspective Alberto Hernández Pérez
Chapter 9
Religious Co-existence in Malta, 1530-1798 Francis Ciappara
Chapter 10
Tolerance, Peace and Otherness in Spanish Jesuit Thought of the Baroque Period David Martín López
Chapter 11
"Tiered Tolerance": Protestants and the "Other" after 1685 Nora Baker
Chapter 12
Religious Freedom and History of Religions in Benjamin Constant Roberto Celada Ballanti
End Matter
Index Ludovico Battista, Maria Fallica, Beatrice Tramontano