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The Institute for Theology and Peace:

  • sees in Christ’s’ message of peace the expression of our duty to engage in the service of a peace that is just for all of mankind and to prevail over war;
  • seeks as a research institute to triumph in the name of peace in the battle to win the hearts and minds of man;
  • dedicates particular attention to violence as a means of expression; just peace cannot prevail without the fortification that is afforded by force, all use of which, however, must be implemented in a manner consistent with rigidly structured conditions;
  • seeks interdisciplinary and international dialogue with all disciplines on whose activity the issue of peace impacts with a view to adequately dimensionalising discourse on peace and presenting theology and the Church as a force capable of opening up and moulding a durably acceptable reality;
  • contributes to the development of an ecumenical doctrine of peace;
  • participates in the dialogue on peace involving diverse religions and proponents of different ideologies as peace is at the heart of the ultimate questions surrounding the meaning of humanity;
  • cherishes scripture and tradition as an indispensable mainstay in our mission to uphold the ethos of Christ; consequently, scripture and tradition constitute focal aspects of our research activity in their own right;
  • proposes to take today’s dialogue on the subject of peace to the very depths at which man is confronted with the mystery of his own existence and where he shall encounter Christ. Ultimately, therefore, the Institute of Theology and Peace seeks to “take captive every thought” on the subject of peace and “to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10, 5b).