Interfaith Understanding of Holistic Democracy: A Challenge to Educators

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This paper will examine the holy books and myths of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, and the Baha'i, to present the idea that grassroots participatory democracy can be promoted globally through the religion and culture of a people. This inter-faith approach would be placed within a context of the theory of cosmopolitanism to emphasize the theology of respect and hospitality. This approach is also presented as conflict prevention and peace education.


Keywords: Inter-faith, Cosmopolitanism
Stream: Identity and Belonging; the Politics of Diversity; Globalisation
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Constructing Spiritually Based Democracy at the Community Level


Dr. Larry Hufford

Professor of International Relations, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Political Science, St. Mary's University

San Antonio, Texas, USA

BS in Education Ohio State University
MAT in Government Miami University Ohio
MSW Our Lady of the Lake University
PhD Political Science London School of Economics & Political Science, England
Three books co-edited by Larry Hufford are:
Educating for a Worldview: Focus on Globalizing Curriculum and Instruction, University Press of America, 2007, Larry Hufford and Teresita Pedrajas
Educating for Balance: Science Technology and the Human Spirit, published by the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 1999, with a UNESCO grant. Larry Hufford and Chawalert Lertchalolarn
Bridging Two Cultures: Multidisciplinary Readings in Bilingual Bicultural Education, National Education, Laboratory Publishers, Austin, 1980, Larry Hufford and Martha Cotera, editors.
Larry Hufford has organized over twenty-five study seminars to countries in Latin America and Asia. He is a past president of the World Council for Curriculm and Instruction.

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