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Review We are all in the debt of our colleagues at the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century for publishing this exciting and informative set of articles on how the religions of the world may help to defuse the contagion of hatred. If ever there was a timely topic, this is it. As Hans Kung has argued, if there is going to be peace in the world, there will need to be peace between and among religions. One image from the chapter on Buddhism stands out as an organizing metaphore for the project. In early Buddhism, the great king Asoka Maurya converted the wheel of his war chariot into the symbol of the Buddhist Peace Wheel. The image works perfectly for all religions. We can think of the religions of the world as spokes of the wheel of peace. The center of the wheel is the overcoming of hatred. Joined by their teachings on overcoming hatred, the religions can travel together the road of peace. It is a delight to see scholars of religion placing their learning in service to the cause of peace. -- John Berthrong, Associate Dean for Academic and Administrative Affairs Director, Institute for Dialogue Among Religious Traditions, Boston University School of Theology Read more From the Publisher What commonalties would we find among the world's major religious traditions if we focused on the subject of nonviolence? Would we find a straightforward, unambiguous uniformity among the spiritual teachings? Would we find some justification for aggression? Would we find exhortations to violence in some religious traditions and not in others? Would there be surprises in the textual interpretations of some international scholars as they assessed their religious traditions? --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. Read more See all Editorial Reviews