The Power of Faiths in Global Politics
Oslo: Novus forlag 2004
What is the 'power of faiths' in the world today? How does religion influence politics in different national contexts such as Turkey, Palestine, Israel, Cuba, Mexico and Norway? And how do states attempt to control and restrict the power of religion in Japan, China, Indonesia, India, Nigeria, Egypt, France and Canada?
The 'resurgence of religion' has become an important focus of scholarly research. It has been given such remarkable names as the 'revenge of God' (Kepel) and the 'de-secularization of the world' (Berger). Peter Beyer, a main contributor to this volume, has taken a more nuanced approach: The power of faiths is being both consolidated and contested. There seems to be a simultaneous revitalization and relativization of religion in the context of globalisation.
This book explores critically the significance and possible implications of the renewed influence of religion on politics. Drawing on methods and perspectives from the social sciences, inter-religious studies and Christian theology, the authors seek a clearer understanding of this highly complex and controversial phenomenon.
The Power of Faiths in Global Politics has come into being in the framework of the research program "Religion in a Globalised Age: Transfers and Transformations, Integration and Resistance" at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, sponsored by the Norwegian Research Council.
Editors’ Preface: Religion and Politics in a Globalized Age – between Integration and Resistance
I. RELIGION, POWER, AND STATE
Introduction: Controlling the Power of Faiths,
by Peter Beyer
The Power of the Faithful: Powerful Actors with Clear Intentions or Power Everywhere? by Pål Repstad
Should the State Support Religion? Human Rights and Sociological Perspectives, by Ingvill Thorson Plesner
Globalizing Secularity? Human Rights between Belief and the Pragmatics of Civility, by Tordis Borchgrevink
II RELIGION, GLOBALIZATION AND NATIONAL IDENTITY
The Politics of Women’s Rights in the Middle East, by Turid Smith Polfus
Betraying the Nation: The Assasination of Yitzhak Rabin as an Expression of a Religio-Political Crisis of Identity in Israel, by Anne Mailin Selland
Religion and National Politics in Turkey: Alevism, Secularism and Globalization, by Hege Irene Markussen
Cuban Pentecostals – between Faith and Social Commitment, by Lina Snoek
Religious Nationalism in Contemporary Norway, by Torkel Brekke
III RELIGION, SOCIAL ACTIVISM, AND THEOLOGY
Interfaith Dialogue and Liberation Theology: between Liberal Multiculturalism and Interreligious Activism, by Oddbjørn Leirvik
Liberation Theology: Religious Resistance to Globalization? The Chiapas Uprising as a Case, by Sturla Stålsett
Economic Globalization and the Question of Ecological Justice: Voicing Theological Concerns from the Periphery of the ”Global Village”, by Ben-Willie K. Golo
IV RELIGION AND GLOBALIZATION REVISITED
Liberal and Conservative Responses to Globalisation: the Case of the Norwegian Pentecostal Missionary Aril Edvardsen, by Oddbjørn Leirvik
Globalisation and the Hidden Transcript: Religion as Everyday Resistance, by Sturla Stålsett
Faith, Power, and Heuristic Devices: Religion and Globalization Revisited, by Peter Beyer