By Ani Sarkissian
Non secular repression--the non-violent suppression of civil and political rights--is a starting to be and international phenomenon. even though ordinarilly practiced in authoritarian international locations, degrees of non secular repression however differ throughout quite a number non-democratic regimes, together with intolerant democracies and aggressive authoritarian states.
In The forms of spiritual Repression, Ani Sarkissian argues that likely benign rules and regulations on faith are instruments that non-democratic leaders use to repress self sufficient civic task, successfully conserving their carry on strength. Sarkissian examines the interplay of political festival and the constitution of spiritual divisions in society, featuring a thought of why non secular repression varies throughout non-democratic regimes. She additionally deals a brand new manner of knowing the commonalties and variations of non-democratic regimes by means of targeting the ambitions of spiritual repression.
Drawing on quantitative info from multiple hundred authoritarian states, in addition to case stories of 16 international locations from around the globe, Sarkissian explores the different types of repression that states impose on non secular expression, organization, and political actions, describing the stumbling blocks those activities current for democratization, pluralism, and the advance of an self sustaining civil society.
By Vjekoslav Perica
Reporting from the heartland of Yugoslavia within the Seventies, Washington submit correspondent Dusko Doder defined "a panorama of Gothic spires, Islamic mosques, and Byzantine domes." 1 / 4 century later, this panorama lay in ruins. as well as claiming tens of millions of lives, the previous Yugoslavia's 4 wars ravaged over one thousand spiritual structures, many purposefully destroyed by means of Serbs, Albanians, and Croats alike, delivering an apt architectural metaphor for the region's fresh background. not often has the human impulse towards monocausality--the want for a unmarried explanation--been in better facts than in Western makes an attempt to make feel of the country's bloody dissolution. From Robert Kaplan's arguable Balkan Ghosts, which pointed out entrenched ethnic hatreds because the motive force at the back of Yugoslavia's loss of life to NATO's dogged pursuit and arrest of Slobodan Milosevic, the search for simple solutions has often served to vague the Balkans' complicated heritage. maybe such a lot strangely, no booklet has targeted explicitly at the function faith has performed within the conflicts that proceed to torment southeastern Europe. in keeping with a variety of South Slav resources and formerly unpublished, frequently exclusive files from communist nation data, in addition to at the author's personal on-the-ground adventure, Balkan Idols explores the political position and effect of Serbian Orthodox, Croatian Catholic, and Yugoslav Muslim non secular corporations over the process the final century. Vjekoslav Perica emphatically rejects the inspiration "clash of civilizations" has performed a crucial function in fomenting aggression. He reveals no compelling proof of an upsurge in spiritual fervor one of the common inhabitants. fairly, he concludes, the first non secular gamers within the conflicts were activist clergy. This activism, Perica argues, allowed the clergy to imagine political strength with out the responsibility confronted by means of democratically-elected officers. What emerges from Perica's account is a deeply nuanced figuring out of the heritage and way forward for one in every of Europes so much unstable areas.
By Hugh Heclo
Christianity, now not faith more often than not, has been very important for American democracy. With this daring thesis, Hugh Heclo bargains a wide ranging view of the way Christianity and democracy have formed every one other.
Heclo indicates that amid deeply felt spiritual ameliorations, a Protestant colonial society steadily confident itself of the really Christian purposes for, in addition to the enlightened political merits of, spiritual liberty. via the mid-twentieth century, American democracy and Christianity seemed locked in a mutual include. however it used to be a frustrating union at risk of primary problem within the Sixties. regardless of the next upward thrust of the non secular correct and glib speak of a conservative Republican theocracy, Heclo sees a longer-term, reciprocal estrangement among Christianity and American democracy.
Responding to his demanding argument, Mary Jo Bane, Michael Kazin, and Alan Wolfe criticize, qualify, and amend it. Heclo’s rejoinder indicates why either secularists and Christians should still fear a couple of coming rupture among the Christian and democratic faiths. the result's a full of life debate a couple of momentous pressure in American public existence.
By Keith Ward
This e-book is the second one a part of an important undertaking of comparative theology began with faith and Revelation (Clarendon Press, 1994), which appears to be like at significant recommendations of religion in all 4 of the most scriptural religions of the area. In faith and construction, the writer explores the assumption of a writer God within the paintings of 20th century writers from Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity. He develops a favorable idea of God which stresses God's dynamic and responsive relation to the temporal constitution of the universe, and the significance of that constitution to the self-expression of the divine being. Professor Ward is going directly to current a Trinitarian doctrine of production, drawing concept from a much broader set of theistic traditions and up to date discussions in physics within the realm of cosmology.
By Henryk Kierzkowski
By Shadia B. Drury (auth.)
Drury regards the political difficulties of the fashionable global to be completely Biblical. within the politics of the Twenty-first century, we discover both smug and self-righteous civilizations confronting each other. every one is confident that it's at the part of God, fact and justice, whereas its enemy is allied with devil, wickedness and barbarism. The language of international relations and compromise has been changed through the language of jihad or the fight opposed to the cosmic forces of evil. existence is radicalized; and all offerings are polarized. Politics competently understood is eclipsed. Drury urges us to go beyond the Biblical view of the realm. in its place, she argues in favour of a surely liberal, secular and pluralistic realizing of politics.
By Maidul Islam
This e-book makes a speciality of Islamism as a political ideology through taking on the case research of Jamaat-e-Islami in modern India and Bangladesh. The booklet will tackle how, in a latest globalized global, Islamism constructs an adverse frontier and the way it mobilizes humans in the back of its political venture. The publication additionally offers with the Islamist critique of neoliberal fiscal rules and 'western cultural globalization'. The publication examines the dynamics from the formation of Islamist politics for the fight for hegemony to failure to turn into a hegemonic strength in Bangladesh. The contradiction among Islamic universalism/Islamist populism, on one hand, and a politics of Muslim particularism in India, at the different, is published during this learn. eventually, this publication lines the modern trouble of Islamist populism in delivering an alternative choice to neoliberalism.
By J. Perkinson
White Theology re-examines white race privilege all through historical past and its courting to black theology. James W. Perkinson articulates a white theology of accountability responding to the claims of James Cone (and different black students) that critical engagement with historical past and tradition has to be on the center of any American projection of integrity or "salvation" within the glossy interval. Perkinson interweaves autobiography and postcolonial research, historical past, and phenomenology to discover white supremacy and the way forward for non secular reviews. this can be a vital and groundbreaking booklet for classes in spiritual experiences, African American stories, and theology.
By Danilo Raponi (auth.)
By Amy DeRogatis
Ethical Geography strains the advance of an ethical foundation for American expansionism, as Protestant missionaries, utilizing biblical language and metaphors, imaginatively conjoined the cultivation of souls with the cultivation of land and made area sacred. whereas the political implications of the mapping of yankee growth were a lot studied, this can be the 1st significant examine of the shut and intricate courting among mapping and missionizing at the American frontier. ethical Geography offers a clean method of figuring out nineteenth-century Protestant domestic missions in Ohio's Western Reserve. by using maps, letters, spiritual tracts, shuttle narratives, and geographical texts, Amy DeRogatis recovers the struggles of settlers, land surveyors, missionaries, and geographers as they sought to reconcile their hopes and expectancies for a Promised Land with the realities of lifestyles at the early American frontier.