Secularization and the World Religions

Edited by Hans Joas and Klaus Wiegandt

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ISBN: 9781846311888

Publication: August 1, 2009

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The question of religion, its contemporary and future significance and its role in society and state is currently perceived as an urgent one by many and is widely discussed within the public sphere. But it has also long been one of the core topics of the historically oriented social sciences. The immense stock of knowledge furnished by the history of religion and religious studies, theology, sociology and history has to be introduced into the public conscience today. This can promote greater awareness of the contemporary global religious situation and its links with politics and economics and counter rash syntheses such as the “clash of civilizations”. This volume is concerned with the connections between religions and the social world and with the extent, limits, and future of secularization. The first part deals with major religious traditions and their explicit or implicit ideas about the individual, social and political order. The second part gives an overview of the religious situation in important geographical areas. Additional contributions analyze the legal organization of the relationship between state and religion in a global perspective and the role of the natural sciences in the process of secularization. The contributors are internationally renowned scholars like Winfried Brugger, José Casanova, Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, Hans Joas, Hans G. Kippenberg, Gudrun Krämer, David Martin, Eckart Otto and Rudolf Wagner.

Hans Joas is director of the Max Weber Center at the University of Erfurt and professor of sociology and social thought at the University of Chicago.

Klaus Wiegandt is founder and CEO of Forum für Verantwortung.

Notes on Contributors Foreword - Hans Joas and Klaus Wiegandt Society, State and Religion: Their Relationship from the Perspective of the World Religions: An Introduction - Hans Joas 1. Catholic Christianity - Cardinal Karl Lehmann 2. Protestantism - Friedrich Wilhelm Graf 3. The Departure and Return of God: Secularization and Theologization in Judaism - Eckart Otto 4. Islam and Secularization - Gudrun Krämer 5. Hinduism - Heinrich von Stietencron 6. Secularization: Confucianism and Buddhism - Rudolf G.Wagner 7. From Hostility through Recognition to Identification: State–Church Models and their Relationship to Freedom of Religion - Winfried Brugger 8. ‘Science Doesn’t Tremble’: The Secular Natural Sciences and the Modern Feeling for Life - Ernst Peter Fischer 9. The Religious Situation in Europe - José Casanova 10. The Religious Situation in the USA - Hans Joas 11. The Religious Situation in East Asia - Joachim Gentz 12. The Relevance of the European Model of Secularization in Latin America and Africa - David Martin 13. The Desecularization of the Middle East Conflict: From a Conflict between States to a Conflict between Religious Communities - Hans G. Kippenberg Afterword - Klaus Wiegandt

... the publication of these conference papers is to be welcomed as the scope of them is precise and original, and the chapters generally are of a high quality. Finally, it has to be remarked that Alex Skinner has done a first-rate job of translating the papers into a flowing and coherent English.
  Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Volume 19, No 1

Format: Paperback

Size: 134 x 156 mm

256 Pages

ISBN: 9781846311888

Publication: August 1, 2009

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