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Religion, Culture, And International Conflict

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Overview

As religiously grounded moral arguments have become ever more influential factors in the national debate-particularly reinforced by recent presidential elections and the creation of the faith-based initiative office in the White House-journalists' ignorance about theological convictions has often worked to distort the public discourse on important policy issues. Pope John Paul II's pronouncements on stem-cell research, the constitutional controversies regarding faith-based initiatives, the emerging participation of Muslims in American life-issues like these require political journalists in print and broadcast media to cover religious contexts that many admit they are ill-equipped to understand. Put differently, these news events reflect subtle theological nuances and deep faith commitments that shape the activities of religious believers in the public square. Inasmuch as a faith tradition is an active or significant participant in the public arena, journalists will need to better understand the theological sources and religious convictions that motivate this political activity. The current national discourse has brought faith and its relationship to public policy to the forefront of our daily news. Since 1999, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, through the generosity of the Pew Charitable Trusts, has hosted six conferences for national journalists to help raise the level of their reporting by increasing their understanding of religion, religious communities, and the religious convictions that inform the political activity of devout believers. This book contains the presentations and conversations that grew out of those conferences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742544734
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 0.44 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Cromartie is vice president at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He is the editor of several books, most recently A Public Faith: Evangelicals and Civic Engagement (2003).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Religion, Culture, and International Conflict After September 11: A Conversation with Samuel P. Huntington Chapter 3 Religion and Terrorism: A Conversation with Bruce Hoffman and Jeffrey Goldberg Chapter 4 Islam: A Primer: A Conversation with Roy Mottahedeh and Jay Tolson Chapter 5 War in Iraq: Is it Just?: A Conversation with Christopher Hitchens, William Galston, and George Weigel Chapter 6 Just War and Jihad: Two Views of War: A Conversation with James Turner Johnson and Christopher Hitchens Chapter 7 Political Islam: A Conversation with Gilles Kepel and Jeffrey Goldberg Chapter 8 The Rise of Global Christianity: A Conversation with Philip Jenkins and David Brooks Part 9 About the Participants Part 10 Index

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