AIMS AND SCOPE

 

Our world needs peace and harmony today more than ever. The intensity of bloody clashes that are raging almost daily, due to political, ethnic, religious, and sectarian conflicts, continues to claim the lives of numerous innocent people across the globe. In the face of such catastrophic tragedies and losses, humanity seems to have lost the course of its direction and is desperate for finding solutions in order to restore peace in the world.

 

It goes without saying that the role of religious principles and moral values in shaping the minds of people is immeasurable. And education, especially religious and moral education, plays a decisive part in the process of formation and development of human mind and personality. In other words, man's conduct in life and his relations with his fellow citizens and all other beings are generally governed by the moral values and principles of the religion to which he adheres. This being the case, then, we should reflect on the roots of those values and principles and re-examine into their sources.  What is the most appropriate method for understanding and interpreting the Scriptures today? What is the soundest and most effective method in deriving principles from those Scriptures and relating them to the life of an individual and to society? In what way and how can these religious principles and moral values be taught in educational institutions? These are crucial and challenging questions.

 

Given that religion encompasses the entire life of man and also influences him in every respect from his feelings to reasoning, one cannot deny the power and role of religion in contributing to the solutions of global problems. Therefore, there is an urgent need for underscoring the positive aspects of religion and bringing out its guiding principles and values for the wellbeing of society.  At the same time, one should look into possible causes of the manipulation of those principles by certain people who misuse them for their ill-motifs or to justify their violence.  This is one of the goals of this symposium.



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