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Politics, Pluralism and Religion

Editor(s): Chandana Chakrabarti and Sandra Jane Fairbanks

Book Description

The chapters in this volume discuss the many facets of pluralism in a liberal democracy, as well as the interplay between religion and politics. Religion is a central theme in this book for two reasons. First, religions often claim to possess truths about the nature of God and the proper path to lead in order to achieve eternal life in heaven, or enlightenment or spiritual liberation. Unfortunately, different religions offer different sets of truths on these issues, which create an obvious competition and rivalry between religions. Historically, religious differences have produced countless wars, violent clashes, human rights violations and various forms of religious persecutions. Our record of coexisting peacefully in a religiously pluralistic world has been abysmal at best. Some chapters in this book discuss religious pluralism, the clash between science and religion and the role religious reasons should play in a public dialogue about public policy and law.

The second reason why religion is a prominent theme is that, since religion is constitutive of the identities of so many individuals, its influence on politics, for better or for worse, is extremely significant. Many chapters explore the various ways in which religion can affect politics: From the dangers of theocracy, to Jihadist terrorism, to a Hindu approach to addressing terrorism, to a Unitarian Universalist perspective on ethical eating and to the Christian virtue of forgiveness applied to political dispute resolution. All in all, the chapters in this book represent a variety of approaches to understanding the interrelated problems associated with religion and politics in a pluralistic world.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2106-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2106-3
Date of Publication: 01/06/2010
Pages / Size: 295 / A5
Price: £39.99


Chandana Chakrabarti is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Center for Spirituality at Bethany College, West Virginia. She received her PhD in Religious Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo and did post-doctoral work in Philosophical Psychology and Comparative Philosophy at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. She is a specialist in South Asian philosophy and religion. She is Vice President of the Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion.

Sandra Jane Fairbanks is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Barry University. She received her PhD from the University of Minnesota and her junior degree from the University of Maine School of Law. Her areas of research are ethical theory, environmental ethics, political theory and the philosophy of law.