Our Approach

The RLP method provides a way to understand religion in context, with special attention to questions of power, peace, and conflict.

Our approach is nondevotional and academic, which means we acknowledge that there are multiple authentic expressions of religious devotion in the world. Our goal is always to build understanding for a more just and peaceful world.

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Core Principles

Religions are internally diverse, evolve and change over time, and are embedded in culture.

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Cultural Studies

Understanding religion means attending to questions of perspective and power. 

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Framework for Peace and Violence

Religion is involved in promoting different expressions of both peace and violence.

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