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Sunday, November 01, 2009


\eye-REN-ik; -REE-nik\ , adjective;
Tending to promote peace; conciliatory.
With an irenic spirit they join the debate, at times ugly and vicious, about the historicity of the Bible (by which they mean the Hebrew Scriptures, also known as the Old Testament).
-- Phyllis Trible, "God's Ghostwriters", New York Times, February 4, 2001
Indeed, for Cozzi -- as for several scholars -- the Interdict controversy of 1606-7 became the emblematic struggle that defined the Venetian Republic as tolerant and open, free from the tyranny of the Counter Reformation Church, animated by an aristocracy steeped in the values of civic humanism and evangelism, and committed to commerce and an irenic diplomacy.
-- John Martin (Editor) and Dennis Romano (Editor), Venice Reconsidered
Taylor was always irenic by temperament and desire, and his sensitivity to others enabled him to bring together and work with people of very diverse views.
-- "The Right Rev John Taylor", Times (London), February 1, 2001
Irenic comes from Greek eirenikos, from eirene, "peace."
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