Secular Cosmopolitanism  Hospitality  and Religious Pluralism Book

Secular Cosmopolitanism Hospitality and Religious Pluralism


  • Author : Andrew Fiala
  • Publisher : Routledge Studies in Religion
  • Release Date : 2019-12-10
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 210
  • ISBN 10 : 0367878909

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Secular Cosmopolitanism Hospitality and Religious Pluralism Excerpt :

This book explores the idea of religious pluralism while defending the norms of secular cosmopolitanism, which include liberty, tolerance, civility, and hospitality. The secular cosmopolitan ideal requires us to be more tolerant and more hospitable toward religious believers and non-believers from diverse traditions in our religiously pluralistic world. Some have argued that the world's religions can be united around a common core. This book argues that it is both impossible and inadvisable either to reduce religion to one thing or to deny religion. Instead, the book affirms non reductive pluralism and seeks to understand how we should live in a pluralistic world. Building on work in the sociology of religion and philosophy of religion, the book examines the grown of religious diversity (and the spread of nonreligion) in the contemporary world. It argues that religious toleration, hospitality, and compassion must be extended in a global direction. Secular cosmopolitanism recognizes that each person has a right to his or her deepest beliefs and that the diversity of the world's religious and non-religious traditions cannot be reduced or eliminated.

Secular Cosmopolitanism  Hospitality  and Religious Pluralism Book

Secular Cosmopolitanism Hospitality and Religious Pluralism


  • Author : Andrew Fiala
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2016-10-04
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 210
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134849260

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Secular Cosmopolitanism Hospitality and Religious Pluralism Excerpt :

This book explores the idea of religious pluralism while defending the norms of secular cosmopolitanism, which include liberty, tolerance, civility, and hospitality. The secular cosmopolitan ideal requires us to be more tolerant and more hospitable toward religious believers and non-believers from diverse traditions in our religiously pluralistic world. Some have argued that the world’s religions can be united around a common core. This book argues that it is both impossible and inadvisable either to reduce religion to one thing or to deny religion. Instead, the book affirms non reductive pluralism and seeks to understand how we should live in a pluralistic world. Building on work in the sociology of religion and philosophy of religion, the book examines the grown of religious diversity (and the spread of nonreligion) in the contemporary world. It argues that religious toleration, hospitality, and compassion must be extended in a global direction. Secular cosmopolitanism recognizes that each person has a right to his or her deepest beliefs and that the diversity of the world’s religious and non-religious traditions cannot be reduced or eliminated.

Religious Soft Diplomacy and the United Nations Book

Religious Soft Diplomacy and the United Nations


  • Author : Sherrie M. Steiner
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2021-04-21
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 373
  • ISBN 10 : 9781498597364

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Religious Soft Diplomacy and the United Nations Excerpt :

In our increasingly plural and interconnected world, employing the complex and nuanced vocation of religious diplomacy is increasingly critical to the resolution of global challenges and charting a future course for the human community. The editors and contributors in this volume make a compelling case for expanding the diversity of discourse.

Authenticity and Religion in the Pluralistic Age Book

Authenticity and Religion in the Pluralistic Age


  • Author : Francesca E.S. Montemaggi
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2019-03-19
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 236
  • ISBN 10 : 9781498557436

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Authenticity and Religion in the Pluralistic Age Excerpt :

This book uses an innovative and original theoretical framework for the understanding of Christian consciousness in the age of pluralism, drawing on Georg Simmel’s social theory as well as philosophers such as Heidegger, Beauvoir, Sartre, Ferrara, and MacIntyre and classical and contemporary sociologists and anthropologists.

Transformative Pacifism Book

Transformative Pacifism


  • Author : Andrew Fiala
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-08-23
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350039193

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Transformative Pacifism Excerpt :

Defending pacifism against the charge that it is naïvely utopian, Transformative Pacifism offers a critical theory of the existing world order, and points in the direction of concrete ethical and political action. Pacifism is a transformative philosophy with wide ranging implications. It aims to transform political, social, and psychological structures. Its focus is deep and wide. It is similar to other transformative social theories: feminism, ecology, animal welfare, cosmopolitanism, human rights theory. Indeed, behind those theories is often the pacifist idea that violence, power, and domination are wrong. Pacifist theory raises consciousness about unjustifiable violence. This in turn leads to transformations in practical life. Many other books defend nonviolence and pacifism by focusing on failed justifications of war, as well as on the strategic value of nonviolence. This book begins by reviewing and accepting those sort of arguments. It then focuses on what a commitment to pacifism and nonviolence means in terms of a variety of practical issues. Pacifists reject the violent presuppositions of a society based upon power, strength, nationalism, and the system of militarized nation-states. Pacifism transforms psychological, social, political, and economic life. This book will be of interest to those who are disenchanted with ongoing violence, violent rhetoric, terrorism, wars, and the war industry. It gives anyone with pacifist sympathies reassurance: pacifists are not wrong to think that violence and war are immoral, irrational, and insane and that there is always an alternative.

Secular Cosmopolitanism  Hospitality  and Religious Pluralism Book

Secular Cosmopolitanism Hospitality and Religious Pluralism


  • Author : Andrew Fiala
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-10-04
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 210
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134849338

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Secular Cosmopolitanism Hospitality and Religious Pluralism Excerpt :

This book explores the idea of religious pluralism while defending the norms of secular cosmopolitanism, which include liberty, tolerance, civility, and hospitality. The secular cosmopolitan ideal requires us to be more tolerant and more hospitable toward religious believers and non-believers from diverse traditions in our religiously pluralistic world. Some have argued that the world’s religions can be united around a common core. This book argues that it is both impossible and inadvisable either to reduce religion to one thing or to deny religion. Instead, the book affirms non reductive pluralism and seeks to understand how we should live in a pluralistic world. Building on work in the sociology of religion and philosophy of religion, the book examines the grown of religious diversity (and the spread of nonreligion) in the contemporary world. It argues that religious toleration, hospitality, and compassion must be extended in a global direction. Secular cosmopolitanism recognizes that each person has a right to his or her deepest beliefs and that the diversity of the world’s religious and non-religious traditions cannot be reduced or eliminated.

Christian and Islamic Theology of Religions Book

Christian and Islamic Theology of Religions


  • Author : Esra Akay Dag
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2017-04-21
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351785747

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Christian and Islamic Theology of Religions Excerpt :

Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- 1 Christian theology of religions -- 2 Rowan Williams's theology of religions -- 3 Islamic theology of religions -- 4 Jerusha Lamptey's theology of religions -- 5 Theology of religions reassessed -- Conclusion -- Index

Religion  Migration  and Mobility Book

Religion Migration and Mobility


  • Author : Cristina Maria de Castro
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-02-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 182
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317409267

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Religion Migration and Mobility Excerpt :

Focusing on migration and mobility, this edited collection examines the religious landscape of Brazil as populated and shaped by transnational flows and domestic migratory movements. Bringing together interdisciplinary perspectives on migration and religion, this book argues that Brazil’s diverse religious landscape must be understood within a dynamic global context. From southern to northern Europe, through Africa, Japan and the Middle East, to a host of Latin American countries, Brazilian society has been influenced by immigrant communities accompanied by a range of beliefs and rituals drawn from established ‘world’ religions as well as alternative religio-spiritual movements. Consequently, the formation and profile of ‘homegrown’ religious communities such as Santo Daime, the Dawn Valley and Umbanda can only be fully understood against the broader backdrop of migration. Contributors draw on the case of Brazil to develop frameworks for understanding the interface of religion and migration, asking questions that include: How do the processes and forces of re-territorialization play out among post-migratory communities? In what ways are the post-transitional dynamics of migration enacted and reframed by different generations of migrants? How are the religious symbols and ritual practices of particular worldviews and traditions appropriated and re-interpreted by migrant communities? What role does religion play in facilitating or impeding post-migratory settlement? Religion, Migration and Mobility engages these questions by drawing on a range of different traditions and research methods. As such, this book will be of keen interest to scholars working across the fields of religious studies, anthropology, cultural studies and sociology.

Religion  Culture and Spirituality in Africa and the African Diaspora Book

Religion Culture and Spirituality in Africa and the African Diaspora


  • Author : William Ackah
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-10-05
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN 10 : 9781315466194

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Religion Culture and Spirituality in Africa and the African Diaspora Excerpt :

Religion, Culture and Spirituality in Africa and the African Diaspora explores the ways in which religious ideas and beliefs continue to play a crucial role in the lives of people of African descent. The chapters in this volume use historical and contemporary examples to show how people of African descent develop and engage with spiritual rituals, organizations and practices to make sense of their lives, challenge injustices and creatively express their spiritual imaginings. This book poses and answers the following critical questions: To what extent are ideas of spirituality emanating from Africa and the diaspora still influenced by an African aesthetic? What impact has globalisation had on spiritual and cultural identities of peoples on African descendant peoples? And what is the utility of the practices and social organizations that house African spiritual expression in tackling social, political cultural and economic inequities? The essays in this volume reveal how spirituality weaves and intersects with issues of gender, class, sexuality and race across Africa and the diaspora. It will appeal to researchers and postgraduate students interested in the study of African religions, race and religion, sociology of religion and anthropology.

Hans Mol and the Sociology of Religion Book

Hans Mol and the Sociology of Religion


  • Author : Adam J. Powell
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2017-01-27
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 134
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351854863

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Hans Mol and the Sociology of Religion Excerpt :

Hans Mol was born in the Netherlands during the 1920s. His imprisonment by the Gestapo during World War II began a long intellectual journey, exploring the role of religion in society. His work on the sociology of religion throughout the 20th and 21st Century is distinctive in its quest for both methodological and existential balance Part One of this book includes a brief outline of Mol’s most influential theory as originally explicated in Identity and the Sacred (1976). This is followed by a look at the initial reception of that theory in relation to the competing concepts of Mol’s contemporaries. Part Two is comprised of four previously-unpublished essays written by Mol during the 70s and 80s. Covering topics from evolution to evangelicalism, the papers display the sweeping ambition of this sociologist as well as the tone and contours of his intellectual articulation. In the Postscript this volume concludes with select transcripts of interviews conducted between Adam Powell and Hans Mol during the Spring of 2012. This volume of Mol’s work will be of keen interest to academics and students with an interest in the sociology of religion post-World War II and the development of contemporary Christian theology.

Theology and Civil Society Book

Theology and Civil Society


  • Author : Charles Pemberton
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-10-23
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 196
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351806695

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From food banks to migrant welcome committees, and community organisers to internet based campaigners, civil society is central to the North Atlantic social landscape. Theology and Civil Society advances our understanding of what civil society is and offers a theologically informed re-imagining of our shared social life. Prefaced by a foreword by the Rev. Dr Rowan Williams, this book explores contemporary manifestations of the kind of collective action observed in civil society since the 1800s. It then examines civil society as the sum of modern associations which mediate our relationships to the market and the state, but which cannot be identified fully with either the market or the state. Finally, three different perspectives on civil society are presented using insights from theologians such as John Milbank and Georg Hegel. This is a pertinent topic for contemporary society, and it is explored expertly here by an international panel of contributors. As such, it is an important volume for any scholar of Theology and Religious Studies and their interactions with Sociology and Politics.

Seeking Common Ground Book

Seeking Common Ground


  • Author : Andrew Fiala
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release Date : 2021-08-26
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN 10 : 9781725275294

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Seeking Common Ground is a dialogue between an atheist philosopher and a Catholic theologian. It is about religion and nonreligion, as well as about dialogue itself. The book provides a framework for dialogue grounded in seven key values: Harmony, Courage, Humility, Curiosity, Honesty, Compassion, and Honor. Unlike typical “debates” about religion and atheism, Fiala and Admirand show that atheists and theists can work together on projects of mutual understanding. They explore the terrain of religion and nonreligion, discussing a range of sources, topics, issues, and concerns, including: adventures in interfaith dialogue, challenging ethical issues, problems interpreting biblical texts, the growth of secularism, and the importance of ritual and community. The authors show that it is possible to disagree about religion while also seeking common ground. The book includes a foreword by Rabbi Jack Moline, president of the U.S. Interfaith Alliance.

Neoliberalism and the Biblical Voice Book

Neoliberalism and the Biblical Voice


  • Author : Paul Babie
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-11-28
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 148
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317449058

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Neoliberalism and the Biblical Voice Excerpt :

This book compares our contemporary preoccupation with ownership and consumption with the role of property and possessions in the biblical world, contending that Christian theology provides a valuable entry point to discussing the issue of private property—a neoliberal tool with the capacity to shape the world in which we live by exercising control over the planet’s resources. Babie and Trainor draw on the teaching on property and possessions of Jesus of Nazareth. They demonstrate how subsequent members of the Jesus movement—the writers of early collection of Jesus sayings (called ‘Q’), and the gospels of Mark and Luke—reformulated Jesus’ teaching for different contexts that was radical and challenging for their own day. Their view of wealth and possessions continues today to be as relevant as ever. By placing the insights of the Galilean Jesus and the early Jesus movement into conversation with contemporary views on private property and consumer culture, the authors develop legal, philosophical and theological insights, what they describe as ‘seven theses’, into how our desire for ethical living fares in the neoliberal marketplace.

From Presumption to Prudence in Just War Rationality Book

From Presumption to Prudence in Just War Rationality


  • Author : Kevin Carnahan
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2017-07-14
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351999458

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For the last several decades, the Just-War debate amongst theologians has been dominated by two accounts of moral rationality. One side assumes a presumption against harm (PAH), and the other identifies with a presumption against injustice (PAI). From Presumption to Prudence in Just-War Rationality argues that the time has come to leave behind these two viewpoints in favour of a prudentially grounded approach to Just-War thinking. In Parts 1 and 2 of the book, Kevin Carnahan offers immanent critiques of the PAI and PAH positions. In Part 3, utilising Paul’s treatment of the atonement and use of the idea of the imitation of Christ, he lays out an alternative to the ways in which theologians in favour of the PAI or PAH have construed the Christian narrative. In Part 4, Carnahan then develops a neo-Aristotelian account of prudence as a higher order virtue governing the interpretation of moral reality. Drawing on this account, he explores what Just-War rationality would look like if it were prudentially grounded. The work concludes with a case study on noncombatancy in the 2011 Israeli bombardment of Gaza. This book offers a compelling new perspective on this important and pertinent subject. As such, academics and students in Religion, Theology, Philosophy, Ethics and Political Theory will all find it an invaluable resource on Just-War theory.

New Perspectives on the Nation of Islam Book

New Perspectives on the Nation of Islam


  • Author : Dawn-Marie Gibson
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 2017-02-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317295846

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New Perspectives on the Nation of Islam contributes to the ongoing dialogue about the nature and influence of the Nation of Islam (NOI), bringing fresh insights to areas that have previously been overlooked in the scholarship of Elijah Muhammad’s NOI, the Imam W.D. Mohammed community and Louis Farrakhan’s Resurrected NOI. Bringing together contributions that explore the formation, practices, and influence of the NOI, this volume problematizes the history of the movement, its theology, and relationships with other religious movements. Contributors offer a range of diverse perspectives, making connections between the ideology of the NOI and gender, dietary restrictions and foodways, the internationalization of the movement, and the civil rights movement. This book provides a state-of-the-art overview of current scholarship on the Nation of Islam, and will be relevant to scholars of American religion and history, Islamic studies, and African American Studies.