37. Religion, Pluralism, and Conflicts in the Pacific Islands

  1. Andrew R. Murphy
  1. Yannick Fer

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395747.ch37

The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence, The

The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence, The

How to Cite

Fer, Y. (2011) Religion, Pluralism, and Conflicts in the Pacific Islands, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence, The (ed A. R. Murphy), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395747.ch37

Editor Information

  1. Rutgers University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191319

Online ISBN: 9781444395747

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Keywords:

  • religion, pluralism and conflicts - in the Pacific Islands;
  • Pacific Island populations - gaining a specific place in Western imaginary;
  • Christian missions, emergence of a new political order - eradicating local conflicts;
  • Christianity and local beliefs - religious intolerance, “witch-hunting” the most spectacular;
  • mission, colonization and violence - Pacific Island societies, political and religious hegemony;
  • unification process, political, military and religious forces - Christian churches, “darkness” into “light”;
  • religious pluralism on Pacific island societies - growth of Adventist, Mormon, or Pentecostal churches;
  • civil society empowerment - support for nongovernmental and faith-based organizations;
  • Methodist Church of Fiji, indigenous - one of indigenous origin (Fijians), the other of Indian origin;
  • Christian peacemakers and martyrs in Solomon Islands - religious construction of identity

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Mission, Colonization, and Violence

  • The Impact of Religious Pluralism on the Pacific Island Societies

  • Religious Actors in Local Conflicts

  • The Methodist Church of Fiji and the Indigenous Cause

  • Christian Peacemakers and Martyrs in the Solomon Islands

  • Religion, Gender Identities, and “Ordinary” Violence in the Pacific Islands

  • Conclusion

  • References