Religion, Federalism, and the Struggle for Public Life: Cases from Germany, India, and America

Hardcover | June 1, 1997

byWilliam Johnson Everett

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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 ofconstitutional 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 traditionsin 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 culturalheritage? 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.

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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 ofconstitutional orders in post-colonial coun...

William Johnson Everett is at Andover Newton Theological School.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.41 × 6.3 × 0.98 inPublished:June 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"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 emphasizeswhat 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 theintellectual 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 PublicAffairs