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Conclusion

ByRoberto Baldoli

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book looks at the origin of the division between a principle and methods of action. It presents Gene Sharp's thought and outlines the main features of the categories of principled and pragmatic nonviolence. While the principled stream focuses on moral norms and on the power of the person to realise pacifism and religious preaching, pragmatic nonviolence focuses on techniques of action and on people power to face the violence of governments and seize power. The book focuses on problems at the religious level, where religion has been put in an ad-hoc category, principled nonviolence. The complexity of religious experiments with nonviolence is trapped in the secular narrative of the concept of principled nonviolence; a new nonviolence narrative may help to make sense of these experiments and glimpse the opportunity to reconcile religion and secularism.