Paisley: Religion and Politics in Northern Irelandby Steve Bruce
The career of the Reverend Ian Paisley raises vital questions about the links between religion and politics in the modern world. In most democracies, the political arena is secular. Most very religious states are not democracies. Paisley is unique in having founded his own church and party and led both to success. The Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster now has 150… See more details below
The career of the Reverend Ian Paisley raises vital questions about the links between religion and politics in the modern world. In most democracies, the political arena is secular. Most very religious states are not democracies. Paisley is unique in having founded his own church and party and led both to success. The Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster now has 150 congregations worldwide. The Democratic Unionist party is now the largest in Northern Ireland and, as the leader of the majority unionist population, Paisley has a veto over political developments in the province.
Steve Bruce draws on over 20 years of close acquaintance with Paisley's people and on his knowledge of religion and politics in other settings to describe and explain Paisleyism. In this clearly written account, Bruce charts Paisley's movement from the maverick fringes to the centre of Ulster politics and discusses in detail the changes in his party that accompanied its rise. He also describes and analyses the growth of Paisley's church and considers how it has changed as it established congregations across Ulster and in Canada, the USA, Britain and Australia.
At the heart of this account are vital questions for modern societies. How can religion and politics mix? Do different religions produce different sorts of politics? What is clear is that Paisley's people are not jihadis intent on imposing their religion on the unGodly. For all that religion plays a vital part in Paisley's personal political drive and explains some of his success, he plays by the rules of liberal democracy.
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