A collaborative book entitled, Mending the World? Possibilities and Obstacles for Religion, Church and Theology, aims to help explore whether, how, and in what ways religion, church, and theology can contribute constructively to the future of a global society. In thirty-one chapters, researchers from around the world address the relation between religion and society.
One contributor is the School of Theology and Ministry’s Associate Dean of Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue and Associate Professor of Theological Ethics and Constructive Theology, Dr. Michael Reid Trice.
Trice authored the chapter, “Engaging Generosity” which focuses on generosity as the center for cooperation among different religious groups. Trice seeks to find common ground among religions that maintain reasonable differences. Recognizing the cruelty in the world that does encompass populations globally, Trice offers guidance to navigate the polarizing differences as well.
“The book and chapter are focused on the human search for meaning, and the ways in which generosity is a cross-religious and cross-cultural barometer of societal well-being. What if we ignore ancient philosophical and religious texts, and instead take away generosity shown to widows and orphans, or to the 'least of these,' or as a form of resistance against systemic cruelties within society? We end up with a diminished and dangerous present, and a dystopian vision of a hopeless future.
The chapter and book take up my first book on systemic cruelties, which explores the moral and conceptual heritage of cruelty as an ugly fault in the human experience on the planet.”