Religion, the Enlightenment, and the New Global order

Kobo ebook | November 5, 2010

byJohn M. Owen IV, J. Judd Owen

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Largely because of the cultural and political shift of the Enlightenment, Western societies emerged from sectarian conflict and embraced a more religiously moderate path. In nine original essays, leading scholars ask whether it is possible to export the Enlightenment solution abroad. Contributors begin by revisiting the Enlightenment's restructuring of the West, examining its past and future encounters with Protestant and Catholic Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism. While strongly attuned to the difficulties of implementing the principles of the Enlightenment worldwide, these scholars ultimately believe its elements have a necessary place within the new global order. Their approach treats conflict as a means to cooperation and sees religious commitment as a bolster, instead of a detriment, to political civility. Ultimately, they collapse both the claim that the West's experience offers a ready-made template for the world to follow and the belief that the West's achievements are to be ignored, despised, or discarded.

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Largely because of the cultural and political shift of the Enlightenment, Western societies emerged from sectarian conflict and embraced a more religiously moderate path. In nine original essays, leading scholars ask whether it is possible to export the Enlightenment solution abroad. Contributors begin by revisiting the Enlightenment's...

John M. Owen IV is associate professor of politics and faculty fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. He is author of Liberal Peace, Liberal War and The Clash of Ideas in World Politics and lives with his wife and three children in Charlottesville, Virginia.J. Judd Owen is associate pr...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 5, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Part 1
The Enlightenment Revisited: Theoretical Questions
1. Religion, the Enlightenment. and the New Global Order
John M. Owen IV and J. Judd Owen
2. Religious Violence or Religious Pluralism: The Essential Choice
William A. Galston
3. Religion, Enlightenment, and a Common Good
Jean Bethke Elshtain
4. How and Why the West Has Lost Confidence in Its Foundational Political Principles
Thomas L. Pangle
Part 2
The Enlightenment, Secularity, and the Religions
5. The Enlightenment Project, Spinoza, and the Jews
David Novak
6. Puritan Sources of Enlightenment Liberty
John Witte Jr.
7. India: The Politics of Religious Reform and Conflict
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
8. Reason and Revelation in Islamic Political Ethics
Abdulaziz Sachedina
9. Islam, Constitutionalism, and Liberal Democracy
Sohail H. Hashmi
10. The Identity of the Christian Democratic Movement and Theory of Democracy
Roberto Papini
11. Concluding Thoughts
John M. Owen IV and J. Judd Owen
Contributors
Index

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More than two centuries after the Enlightenment movement had supposedly brought an end to religious war by confining religion to the private sphere, religion has returned, challenging this confinement and influencing politics all over the globe. John M. Owen IV, J. Judd Owen, and the brilliant lineup of authors they have assembled show that the results of this challenge are diverse, unpredictable, and surprisingly favorable to the claims and causes of the religious.