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Title:Religion, development and insecurity: looking for root causes in an ambiguous relationship
Author:Kanyandago, PeterISNI
Periodical:Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context (ISSN 0166-2740)
Geographic terms:Uganda
Subjects:interreligious relations
human security
Abstract:In religious and faith-based institutions, the general attitude with regard to the relationship between religion and development,is positive. Furthermore, religion in its different forms has contributed towards human development. However, it is also true that religion has either directly promoted violence or has indirectly given rise to it. This article sets out to explain what could be the root causes of this situation by using a theoretical approach based on arguments by F. Fukuyama (1992). It argues that the dominant religious and developmental systems, which are products of the current Western world view, generally do not value what is different from them. This argument is then applied to the violence that occurred in 2000 within The Movement of the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God (MRTCG), which was based in Kanungu, Uganda. Negation of cultural and religious values can be seen as one of the root causes of violence and insecurity in the world - notwithstanding the fact that each society has its own form of violence. The article suggests that if religious and faith-based institutions are to promote security and development, they must respect and promote differences and diversity in cultures and nature. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]