We studied in our main textbook (Mark Juergensmeyer, Terror in the Mind of God) the five scenarios for solving the problem of religious terror and violence:
1. The forceful eradication of the terrorists
2. “Cracking down” – one step back from wiping them out
3. Violence wins
4. Separation of religion from politics
5. “Secular authorities embrace moral values, including those associated with religion.”
We ranked these in order of likelihood based substantially on the facts that we have studied in this course in one discussion.
We ranked these in order of preference based substantially on the facts that we have studied in this course and the principles of your own self-interest in a second discussion. We also spelled out the criteria that govern our self interest.
We ranked these in order of preference based on the facts that we have studied in this course and the principles of our moral compasses in a third discussion. We spelled out the criteria that govern our moral compasses.
In the final essays reproduced here we set forth, “My plan to end religious terror and violence and achieve lasting peace.”
The title speaks for itself. We explained our plan and why it will work – based on our knowledge and on facts derived from this FDU course.