Religious Pluralism, Globalization, and World Politics
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Religious pluralism is everywhere in today's politics. Increased immigration flows, the collapse of communism, and the globalization of communications technologies have all fostered a wider variety of religious beliefs, practices, and organizations within and across democratic societies. This is true in both the United States and Europe, where growing and diverse minority communities are transforming the political landscape. As a result, controversies over such things as headscarves and depictions of Mohammed are unsettling a largely secular Europe, while a Christian majority in the US faces familiar questions about church-state relations amidst unprecedented religious diversity. Far from receding into the background, religious language pervades arguments around established issues such as abortion and capital punishment, and new ones such as stem cell research and same-sex marriage. In Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism, leading scholars from multiple disciplines explore these dynamics and their implications for democratic theory and practice. What are the contours of this new religious pluralism? What are its implications for the theory and practice of democracy? Does increasing religious pluralism erode the cultural and social foundations of democracy? To what extent do different religious communities embrace similar - or at least compatible - ethical and political commitments? By seeking answers to these questions and revealing religious pluralism as both a source of animosity and a potent force for peaceful engagement, this book offers a revealing look at the future of religion in democratic societies.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 158 x 234 x 24mm | 639.56g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195323408
  • 9780195323405
  • 2,060,225

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A remarkable contribution to the study of religion in the public sphere. . . At its core, the book opens up profound discussions, not so much on the neutrality of the state, but rather on the conditions surrounding the many essential collaborations between states, secular organizations and religious groups. * Religion *show more

About Thomas Banchoff

Thomas Banchoff is Director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University. He is the author of The German Problem Transformed: Institutions, Politics, and Foreign Policy (1999) and Legitimacy and the European Union: The Contested Polity (1999).show more

Table of contents

PART 1: CHALLENGES OF RELIGIOUS PLURALISM IN A GLOBAL ERA; PART 2: RELIGIOUS ACTORS IN WORLD POLITICSshow more