God on Our Side

Religion in International Affairs
Author: Shireen T. Hunter
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442272597
Category: Political Science
Page: 274
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This timely book offers an accessible introduction to religion in international affairs. Shireen T. Hunter highlights the growing importance of religion in politics and analyzes its nature, role, and significance. She places the question of religion’s impact on global affairs in the broader context of state and nonstate actors, weighing the factors that most affect their actions. Through the lens of three compelling and distinctive case studies—Russia’s response to the Yugoslav crisis, Turkey’s reaction to the Bosnian war, and Europe’s policy toward Turkish membership in the EU—Hunter demonstrates that religion increasingly shapes international affairs in significant and diverse ways. Her book is essential reading for anyone needing a better understanding of why and, more important, how, religion influences the behavior of international actors and thus the character of world politics.

With God on their Side

Sport in the Service of Religion
Author: Timothy Chandler,Tara Magdalinski
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134511663
Category: Religion
Page: 224
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'Sport' and 'religion' are cultural institutions with a global reach. Each is characterised by ritualised performance and by the ecstatic devotion of its followers, whether in the sports arena or the cathedral of worship. This fascinating collection is the first to examine, in detail, the relationship between these two cultural institutions from an international, religiously pluralistic perspective. It illuminates the role of sport and religion in the social formation of collective groups, and explores how sport might operate in the service of a religious community. The book offers a series of cutting-edge contemporary historical case-studies, wide-ranging in their social and religious contexts. It presents important new work on the following fascinating topics: * sport and Catholicism in Northern Ireland * Shinto and sumo in Japan * women, sport and the American Jewish identity * religion, race and rugby in South Africa * sport and Islam in France and North Africa * sport and Christian fundamentalism in the US * Muhammad Ali and the Nation of Islam. With God on their Side is vital reading for all students of the history, sociology and culture of sport. It also presents important new research material that will be of interest to religious studies students, historians and anthropologists.

The Religious Factor in Russia's Foreign Policy

Keeping God on our Side
Author: Alicja Curanović
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136478647
Category: Social Science
Page: 368
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This book examines how religion interacts with Russian foreign policy, arguing that religion is an important and neglected factor in shaping Russia’s outlook towards international relations. It surveys the importance of religion for social life in Russia, both historically and at present, and considers a wide range of Russian attitudes which are affected by religion – such as Russian nationalism, notions of Slavic solidarity, the divine mission of Russian Orthodox civilisation, Russian imperialism, Russia’s special approach towards Islam. The book discusses how religious organizations, especially the Russian Orthodox Church, operate in international relations, pursuing their own interests and those of the Russian state; explores how religious ideas and culture linked to religion impinge on Russian attitudes and identity, and thereby affect policy; and demonstrates how policy influenced by religion impacts on Russian foreign policy in practice in a wide range of examples, including Russia’s relations with other orthodox countries, non-orthodox Western countries, Muslim countries, Israel and the Vatican.

Global Religions

An Introduction
Author: Mark Juergensmeyer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198036029
Category: Religion
Page: 168
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The essays collected here provide brief and accessible introductions to the major world religions in their global contexts. The volume begins with an introduction to the globalization of religion by Mark Juergensmeyer, and is followed by individual essays on Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and local religious societies. The book concludes with three essays reflecting on the global religious scene. Taken together, these essays provide a concise, authoritative, and highly readable introduction to the state of worldwide religion in the 21st century.

On God's Side

What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good
Author: Jim Wallis
Publisher: Brazos Press
ISBN: 9780745956121
Category: Religion
Page: 320
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This classic that has been inspiring and challenging readers to a spiritual adventure for over a century now gets an updated look for a new generation.

God in the Gallery

A Christian Embrace of Modern Art
Author: Daniel A. Siedell
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 0801031842
Category: Art
Page: 191
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An art historian develops a theological, philosophical, and historical framework within which to experience and interpret modern and contemporary art that is in dialogue with the Christian faith.

Nations Under God

The Geopolitics of Faith in the Twenty-First Century
Author: Luke M Herrington,Jeffrey Haynes,Alasdair McKay
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781910814048
Category: Political Science
Page: 298
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'Nations under God: The Geopolitics of Faith in the Twenty-First Century' is a timely contribution to the on-going discussion on religion and politics. The volume brings together over thirty leading scholars from a variety of disciplines such as political science, international relations theory, sociology, theology, anthropology, and geography. Utilising case studies, empirical investigations, and theoretical examinations, this book focuses on the complex roles that religions play in world affairs. It seeks to move beyond the simplistic narratives and overly impassioned polemics which swamp the discourse on the subject in the media, on the internet, and in popular nonfiction, by acting as a vessel for scholarly research on religion. The book presents a balanced analysis of the multifaceted roles taken on by religions, and religious actors, in global politics. Contributors: Stephen Dawson, Jodok Troy, Gertjan Dijkink, John A. Rees, Mark S. Cladis, Fabio Petito, Linda Woodhead, Jonathan Fox, Brendan Sweetman, Don Handelman, Scott W. Hibbard, Ruy Llera Blanes, Fang-long Shih, Kaarina Aitamurto, Mona Kanwal Sheikh, Lee Marsden, Shireen T. Hunter, Nilay Saiya, Dan G. Cox, Pauline Kollontai, Franc ois Foret, James L. Guth, Brent F. Nelsen, Paul S. Rowe, J. Paul Martin, Allen D. Hertzke, Ishtiaq Ahmed, Jonathan Benthall, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd and Timothy Fitzgerald."

An Introduction to Religion and Politics

Theory and Practice
Author: Jonathan Fox
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136206914
Category: Political Science
Page: 272
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An Introduction to Religion and Politics offers a comprehensive overview of the many theories of religion and politics, and provides students with an accessible but in-depth account of the most significant debates, issues and methodologies. Fox examines the ways in which religion influences politics, analyses the current key issues and provides a state of the art account of religion and politics, highlighting the diversity in state religion policies around the world. Topics covered include: Secularism and secularization Religious identity Religious worldviews, beliefs, doctrines and theologies Religious legitimacy Religious institutions and mobilization Rational and functional religion Religious fundamentalism Conflict, violence and terror This work combines theoretical analysis with data on the religion policies of 177 governments, showing that while most of the world's government support religion and many restrict it; true neutrality on the issue of religion is extremely rare. Religion is becoming an inescapable issue in politics. This work will be essential reading for all students of religion and politics, and will also be of great interest to those studying related subjects such as comparative politics, international relations and war and conflict studies.

God and the Goalposts

A Brief History of Sports, Religion, Politics, War, and Art
Author: Ori Z. Soltes
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780935437454
Category: History
Page: N.A
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Religion and Security

The New Nexus in International Relations
Author: Robert A. Seiple,Dennis R. Hoover
Publisher: Sheed & Ward
ISBN: 1461675189
Category: Political Science
Page: 216
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In global security today, religion is not only part of the problem but also part of the solution. This book explores positive nexus points between religion and security, paying particular attention to the resources within the Abrahamic faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam that foster sustainable peace.

God Is Watching You

How the Fear of God Makes Us Human
Author: Dominic Johnson
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199895635
Category: Fear of God
Page: 304
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The willingness to believe in some kind of payback or karma remains nearly universal. Retribution awaits those who commit bad deeds; rewards await those who do good. Johnson explores how this belief has developed over time, and how it has shaped the course of human evolution.

God in the Qur'an


Author: Jack Miles
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0525521615
Category: Religion
Page: 256
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of God: A Biography, an erudite, hugely informative portrait of the God of Islam, the world's second largest, fastest-growing, and perhaps most tragically misunderstood religion. Who is Allah? What makes Him unique? And what does He ask of those who submit to His teachings? In the spirit of his Pulitzer Prize-winning God, a trailblazing "biography" of the protagonist of the Old Testament, and Christ, his brilliant portrait of biblical Jesus, acclaimed religious scholar Jack Miles undertakes to answer these questions with his characteristic perspicacity, intelligence, and command of the subject. Miles depicts a "character" less mercurial than Yahweh, less ready to forgive than Christ, and yet emphatically part of their traditions. The God of the Qur'an revises and perfects: His purpose is to make whole what had been corrupted or lost from the practices and scriptures of the earlier Abrahamic religions. Setting passages from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Qur'an side by side, Miles illuminates what is unique about Allah, His teachings and His temperament, and in doing so revises that which is false, distorted, or simply absent from our conception of the heart of Islam. Miles writes, "I hope [that by reading this book] you may find it a little easier to trust the Muslim next door, thinking of him as someone whose religion, after all, may not be so wildly unreasonable that someone holding to it could not be a trusted friend."

Why Would Anyone Believe in God?


Author: Justin L. Barrett
Publisher: Altamira Press
ISBN: N.A
Category: Religion
Page: 141
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Because of the design of our minds. That is Justin Barrett's simple answer to the question of his title. With rich evidence from cognitive science but without technical language, psychologist Barrett shows that belief in God is an almost inevitable consequence of the kind of minds we have. Most of what we believe comes from mental tools working below our conscious awareness. And what we believe consciously is in large part driven by these unconscious beliefs. Barrett demonstrates that beliefs in gods match up well with these automatic assumptions; beliefs in an all-knowing, all-powerful God match up even better. Barrett goes on to explain why beliefs like religious beliefs are so widespread and why it is very difficult for our minds to think without them. Anyone who wants a concise, clear, and scientific explanation of why anyone would believe in God should pick up Barrett's book.

With God on Our Side

Politics & Theology of the War on Terrorism
Author: Aftab Ahmad Malik
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780954054465
Category: Social Science
Page: 348
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"In 'the war against terrorism,' everyone believes that they have God on their side. Osama bin Laden regularly invokes God as does President George Bush. Whereas Bush views the world in terms of 'good' and 'evil' and regularly expresses foreign policy in theological terms, Bin Laden believes he is fighting a global jihad against the crusader enemies of Islam. When religion is used to construct a black and white worldview, such an oversimplification can spawn radical ideologies, as the extremist evangelical fringes of Christianity and Islam have proven. Mainstream Muslims and Christians have expressed great alarm at the President's closeness to the Christian Right - who voted in their millions for President Bush's re-election - and particularly at evangelical leaders such as Reverend Franklin Graham, who sees Islam and Christianity destined 'to fight each other until the second coming of Christ.' With God on Our Side provides a critique of the neo-conservative movement and explores the nature of their unholy alliance with the evangelical Christian Right. It examines the political consequences of this renewed evangelism in relation to Israel and the impact for peace in the Middle-East. It also attempts to understand the current manifestations of Muslim extremism in the world." -- Book cover.

In the Name of God

The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Ethics and Violence
Author: John Teehan
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 144432070X
Category: Philosophy
Page: 288
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Religion is one of the most powerful forces running through human history, and although often presented as a force for good, its impact is frequently violent and divisive. This provocative work brings together cutting-edge research from both evolutionary and cognitive psychology to help readers understand the psychological structure of religious morality and the origins of religious violence. Introduces a fundamentally new approach to the analysis of religion in a style accessible to the general reader Applies insights from evolutionary and cognitive psychology to both Judaism and Christianity, and their texts, to help understand the origins of religious violence Argues that religious violence is grounded in the moral psychology of religion Illustrates its controversial argument with reference to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the response to the attacks from both the terrorists and the President. Suggests strategies for beginning to counter the divisive aspects of religion Discusses the role of religion and religious criticism in the contemporary world. Argues for a position sceptical of the moral authority of religion, while also critiquing the excesses of the “new atheists” for failing to appreciate the moral contributions of religion Awarded Honourable Mention, 2010 Prose Awards

With God on Our Side

British Christian Responses to the Spanish Civil War
Author: Ben Edwards
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443851086
Category: History
Page: 330
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This book uses Christian reactions to the Spanish Civil War to analyse the role and importance of Christianity in interwar Britain. This conflict is used as a proxy through which to discuss the status of Christianity in Britain because the Nationalists claimed to be fighting a Holy War against communist-atheism. This representation meant that the conflict was of considerable interest to Christians in Britain. British Christians frequently used the war in Spain to discuss their broader concerns. Many leading Catholics and fascistic Protestants argued that the events in Spain were an exaggerated form of the communist threat to Britain; by contrast, many Protestants used the war to voice their wider criticisms of Catholicism. Catholics responded to these chastisements by reasserting that members of their faith were patriots who resisted communist internationalism and atheism. Christian responses to the war, therefore, increased pre-existing tension between Protestantism and Catholicism. Similarly, Catholicism’s already difficult relationship with Labour was adversely affected by these movements’ reactions to the conflict. Labour’s involvement with the Basque children operations showed that it wanted to maintain relatively harmonious relations with Catholicism, but these efforts were unsuccessful. Ultimately, this study uses British Christian reactions to the Spanish Civil War to indicate that Christianity was actually an important aspect of interwar British society.

Searching for God Knows What


Author: Donald Miller
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc
ISBN: 0785263713
Category: Religion
Page: 246
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Miller reveals how the inability to find redemption leads to chaotic relationships, self-hatred, the accumulation of meaningless material possessions, and a lack of inner peace.

The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy

How America's Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest
Author: Walter A. McDougall
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300211457
Category: History
Page: 424
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A fierce critique of civil religion as the taproot of America's bid for global hegemony Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Walter A. McDougall argues powerfully that a pervasive but radically changing faith that "God is on our side" has inspired U.S. foreign policy ever since 1776. The first comprehensive study of the role played by civil religion in U.S. foreign relations over the entire course of the country's history, McDougall's book explores the deeply infused religious rhetoric that has sustained and driven an otherwise secular republic through peace, war, and global interventions for more than two hundred years. From the Founding Fathers and the crusade for independence to the Monroe Doctrine, through World Wars I and II and the decades-long Cold War campaign against "godless Communism," this coruscating polemic reveals the unacknowledged but freely exercised dogmas of civil religion that bind together a "God blessed" America, sustaining the nation in its pursuit of an ever elusive global destiny.

The New Geopolitics of the South Caucasus

Prospects for Regional Cooperation and Conflict Resolution
Author: Shireen T. Hunter, Research professor at the School of Foreign Service and affiliated with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1498564976
Category: Political Science
Page: 304
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This collection examines the social, economic, and political evolution of the South Caucasian states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The contributors analyze the creation of new national identities and value systems, institution-building, and the influence of regional and international actors.

Political Secularism, Religion, and the State


Author: Jonathan Fox
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107076749
Category: Religion
Page: 291
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This book examines how the competition between religious and secular forces influenced state religion policy between 1990 and 2008. While both sides were active, the religious side had considerably more success. The book examines how states supported religion as well as how they restricted it.