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Religion, Federalism, and the Struggle for Public Life : Cases from Germany, India, and America - William Johnson Everett

Religion, Federalism, and the Struggle for Public Life

Cases from Germany, India, and America

Hardcover Published: 1st July 1997
ISBN: 9780195103748
Number Of Pages: 224

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In the past decade, the struggle for new forms of federal order and public life has exploded in central Europe, the former Soviet Union, and South Africa. Religious traditions and organizations have played a crucial role in these revolutions, and have also been critical to the establishment of constitutional orders in post-colonial countries like India. Moreover, they continue to undergird and to challenge the understanding of public life in the United States, whether in church-state conflicts or Native American religious claims. William Everett examines the role of religious traditions in the development of modern federal republicanism, seeking answers to such questions as: How have patterns of religious organization shaped federal republican orders? How do different cultures weave together these political and religious threads into a living fabric that fits their own cultural heritage? How are Western religious traditions of covenant and conciliarism relevant for understanding religion and constitutional developments in non-Western cultures? The author argues that a better comparative grasp of these dynamics is essential to our understanding of the establishment, sustenance, and development of federal republican governance. He presents, as a first step toward this goal, a detailed and comparative study of these patterns in India, Germany, and the United States.

"Will make a substantial contribution to the scholarly work that is rediscovering the religious and political background of federal republicanism and its importance for the development of democratic forms of governance in varied institutions and societies around the world."--Charles S. McCoy, Pacific School of Religion "Will make a substantial contribution to the scholarly work that is rediscovering the religious and political background of federal republicanism and its importance for the development of democratic forms of governance in varied institutions and societies around the world."--Charles S. McCoy, Pacific School of Religion "Professor Everett here joins the small but growing company of ethicists who work comparatively and cross-culturally, and utilize explicitly theological terms to grasp, without cultural imperialism, the deepest dimensions of social life. Here, the concept of `covenant' is shown to be highly pertinent to societies where this Biblically-rooted idea is not central to cultural self-definition. A major contribution to ethics, social analysis, and, in the long run, to theology and the study of religions."--Max L. Stackhouse, Princeton Theological Seminary "The role of religion in the shaping of public policy is now widely acknowledged as an issue of global significance. William Everett has put us all in his debt by sharpening the focus of the debate through his comparative analysis of the development of federal republicanism in several countries where religion has, in recent times, been a major force and factor."--John de Gruchy, University of Cape Town "In this book, Everett has made another signal contribution to developing our understanding of both Covenant and Federalism as theopolitical phenomenon, adding to his earlier work by giving us examples of how institutional arrangements translate ideas into action. In this case he emphasizes what he calls 'covenantal publicity.' That is to say the public dimensions and expressions of the idea of covenant in practice in connection with some of the major issues of the past decade. After a long period in which the separation of religion and politics seems to be the predominant goal of the intellectual community, Everett has become one of the bridges reforging the links between them on a new and decisively democratic plane by restoring their biblical foundations and subsequent convenantal expressions."--Daniel J. Elazar, Temple University and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Envisioning the Engagementp. 10
The Churches and Germany's """"Peaceful Revolution"""" of 1989-90p. 28
Religious Organization and Constitutional Justice in Indiap. 63
Sacred Lands and Religious Assemblies in Americap. 105
Assessing the Engagement, Evaluating the Inquiryp. 149
Notesp. 171
Indexp. 197
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ISBN: 9780195103748
ISBN-10: 0195103742
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st July 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.72 x 16.2  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.53