R. Scott Appleby, John M. Regan Jr. Director of the University of Notre Dames Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and professor of history, is among theleading thinkerswho offered21 Solutions to Save the Worldfor the cover story of the May/June issue of Foreign Policy magazine.
Addressing the problem of religious extremism, Applebys article,A Radical Solution,proposesbuilding long-term professional, personal and institutional relationships between Muslim and Roman Catholic scholars, public intellectuals and religious leaders.
If meaningful alliances are to be made among societies that have recently clashed or harbor historic resentment, religion – like it or not – must play a central role. And no bridging of people could be more effective than a Muslim-Catholic alliance.
Published by the Carnegie Endowment for Peace, Foreign Policy has a worldwide readership of 10 million. Other leading thinkers writing in the new issue include Joseph S. Nye Jr. ofHarvardUniversity(on anti-Americanism), Bill McKibben ofMiddleburyCollege(on global warming), Jeffrey D. Sachs ofColumbiaUniversity(on malaria) and Amy Myers Jaffe ofRiceUniversity(on oil dependency).
We live in an age of anxiety,the magazines editors wrote.People everywhere fear the next terrorist attack. Meanwhile, we slowly grow numb toIraqs endless string of kidnappings and suicide bombings. Between bird flu, tsunamis and loose nukes, our list of fears is getting longer. So, we asked 21 leading thinkers: What is one solution that would make the world a better place? Here are their answers.
A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1994, Appleby was graduated from the University in 1978 and holds masters and doctoral degrees from theUniversityofChicago. Before returning to Notre Dame, he chaired the religious studies department ofSt.XavierCollegeinChicagofrom 1985 to 1987, and he co-directed the Fundamentalism Project, an international public policy study, from 1988 to 1993.
In addition to serving as director of the Kroc Institute, Appleby teaches courses in American religious history and comparative religious movements. He is the author ofThe Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence and ReconciliationandChurch and Age Unite! The Modernist Impulse in American Catholicismand co-author ofTransforming Parish Ministry: The Changing Roles of Clergy, Laity, and Women Religious.He also is editor ofSpokesmen for the Despised: Fundamentalist Leaders of the Middle Eastand co-editor of the five-volumeFundamentalism Projectand ofBeing Right: Conservative Catholics inAmerica.