What is the role of religion in creating the rules of society? What should religion's role be? Religion in industrialized countries often appears as a private, personal matter while issues of social justice are worked out in a secular public sphere. But increasingly both policymakers and religious leaders are becoming aware of the role religious values play at the local, national and international levels. Religion and Social Policy explores how religious concerns influence those who shape and those who are shaped by policies. It queries the social teachings of global denominations and local congregations, as well as the implicit religious stances taken by national governments and international NGOs. Broad issues such as religious tolerance, globalization, multiculturalism, gender roles and economic inequality are carefully grounded with practical examples. For students of religion, sociology, politics or public policy, Religion and Social Policy offers an excellent overview of how the sacred and the secular mix in both the theory and practice of creating a just society. Visit the editor's web page
This collection of essays...is a welcome exploration of the nature and role of religious arguments, language, worldviews, assumptions, and leadership in public affairs, especially in the crafting and implementation of social policy and legislation...An important volume for library collections, it will also be useful in...upper-level undergraduate, graduate level, and scholarly and professional settings.--Christopher Johnson, Gustavus Adolphus College "Religious Studies Review, Vol. 29, # 3 (July 2003) "
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 28th October 2001
Publisher: ALTA MIRA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 14.88 x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.46