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Religion in the 21st Century : Challenges and Transformations - Lisbet Christoffersen

Religion in the 21st Century

Challenges and Transformations

Hardcover Published: 28th April 2010
ISBN: 9781409403982
Number Of Pages: 248

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Science has long challenged religious belief, but the corresponding role of religion to prune science of idolatry and false absolutes is rarely discussed. This volume addresses that imbalance and its contributors seek to usher in a new era of mutually constructive dialogue. Robert E. Ulanowicz, University of Maryland's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, USA

Religion in the 21st century is a phenomenon that cannot be taken for granted, and is undergoing transformations that present us with new challenges both from a scholarly and societal perspective. The nuanced and multifaceted way in which these features are analyzed in this book should be welcomed by all who are interested and concerned with the role of religion on the contemporary scene. The combination of accessible scholarship and challenging positions makes this a book for everyone who is interested in religion in the secularized parts of the world. The volume contributes to an understanding of how it is not, after all, a contradiction to be both fully modern and religious. Jan-Olav Henriksen, Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo, Norway

In spite of the debate about secularization or de-secularization, the existential-bodily need for religion is basically the same as always. What have been changed are the horizons within which religions are interpreted and the relationships within which religions are integrated.

This book explores how religions continue to challenge secular democracy and science, and how religions are themselves being challenged by secular values and practices. All traditions-whether religious or secular-experience a struggle over authority, and this struggle seems to intensify with globalization, as it has brought people around the world in closer contact with each other, in this book, internationally leading scholars from sociology, law, political science, religious studies, theology and the religion and science debate, take stock of the current interdisciplinary research on religion and open new perspectives at the cutting edge of the debate on religion in the 21st century.

'Science has long challenged religious belief, but the corresponding role of religion to prune science of idolatry and false absolutes is rarely discussed. This volume addresses that imbalance and its contributors seek to usher in a new era of mutually constructive dialogue.' Robert E. Ulanowicz, University of Maryland's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, USA 'Religion in the 21st century is a phenomenon that cannot be taken for granted, and is undergoing transformations that present us with new challenges both from a scholarly and societal perspective. The nuanced and multifaceted way in which these features are analyzed in this book should be welcomed by all who are interested and concerned with the role of religion on the contemporary scene. The combination of accessible scholarship and challenging positions makes this a book for everyone who is interested in religion in the secularized parts of the world. The volume contributes to an understanding of how it is not, after all, a contradiction to be both fully modern and religious.' Jan-Olav Henriksen, Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo, Norway 'This is an enlightening selection of essays... in this context it afford the reader a broad, and frequently thought-provoking, account of some of the challenges not only facing religion but also those from religion to aspects of secularism. The essays in Part II provide useful case-studies on how religion currently operates and may proceed to operate in the 21st century considering the tensions posed by these sets of challenges.' Ecclesiastical Law Journal 'Christoffersen et al have collected together a range of papers which amply demonstrates the merits of interdisciplinary exchange. And the inclusion of chapters by leading academic lawyers such as Silvio Ferrari shows how lawyers have much to give and much to gain from such interdisciplinary dialogue. I would heartily recommend this collection to law and religion specialists who wanted to dip their toes into non-legal scholarship. ... Religion in the 21st Century: Challenges and Transformations provides a valuable insight as to the place of religion at this time. It deserves to be much-read and to provoke much thought and discussion.' Law and Justice

Foreword; Preface; Introduction, Hanne Petersen; Part 1 Challenges: Political and Intellectual Challenge: Religion challenging the myth of secular democracy, Jose Casanova; 'Fundamentalism' and the pluralisation of value-orientations, Peter Beyer; Intellectual challenges from religion, Sven-Eric Liedman; Political and intellectual challenges; a sociological response, Grace Davie; Political and intellectual challenges: a theological response, Niels Henrik Gregersen. The Religion and Science Debate: Challenges in the 21st century: religion and science, Philip Clayton; Religions and the natural sciences: appeals to science as religious advocacy?, Willem B. Drees; The need of real doubt in religion and science, Jesper Hoffmeyer.; Part 2 Transformations: Islam and State Politics: 'Systematically closed, cognitively open?' A critical analysis of transformative processes in Islamic law and Muslim state practices, Shaheen Sardar Ali; Law and religion in Europe, Silvio Ferrari; Clashes and encounters: challenges in Nordic legal cultures related to law and religion, Kjell A. Modeer. Secularism and State Politics: Republicization of religion in France, Sebastien Tank-Storper; The meaning of privatization and de-privatization, Martin Riesebrodt. Denmark and the Cartoons: The settled secularity of happy Denmark, David Martin; Background of the cartoon crises in Danish mentality, Hans Raun Iversen; The politics of Lutheran secularism: reiterating secularism in the wake of the cartoon crises, Anders Berg-Sorensen; Globalisation and religious diasporas: a reassessment in the light of the cartoon crises, Margit Warburg; Index.

ISBN: 9781409403982
ISBN-10: 140940398X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 28th April 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Type: New edition