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Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution

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Many religious traditions recommend (if not require) that their adherents bring some if not all of their disputes with co-adherents before a religious tribunal for resolution. The Christian religious tradition is no exception. That said, the dramatic history of the Church in the West, from that of a persecuted Jewish sect, to the official state religion of Imperial Rome, to an international authority competing with that of local monarchs, to its modern status of merely tolerated, has yielded a variety of evolving perspectives on the question of intra-faith dispute resolution within Christianity. This article examines that question and the historical answers given thereto by Christian theologians over the past two millennia. In its final sections, this article explores the constitutional parameters circumscribing the modern practice of religious ADR, and engages in some prognostication about the future of religions ADR.

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