Jewish thought points to a human Messiah to come, who will bring peace on earth, said Barry Feinstein, leader of the Westminster Jewish Congregation.
And many Westerners believe humankind can achieve world peace on its own because the world is progressing--or getting better--over time.
But can we make that assumption of progress? DeMallie asked.
For traditional Lakota Indians, he said, such a concept of achieving such a Utopian goal would be alien in a world that moves in unchanging natural cycles.