Secularization and the World Religions

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Overview

The question of religion, its contemporary and future significance and its role in society and state is currently perceived as an urgent one by many and is widely discussed within the public sphere. But it has also long been one of the core topics of the historically oriented social sciences. The immense stock of knowledge furnished by the history of religion and religious studies, theology, sociology and history has to be introduced into the public conscience today. This can promote greater awareness of the contemporary global religious situation and its links with politics and economics and counter rash syntheses such as the "clash of civilizations". This volume is concerned with the connections between religions and the social world and with the extent, limits, and future of secularization. The first part deals with major religious traditions and their explicit or implicit ideas about the individual, social and political order. The second part gives an overview of the religious situation in impor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846311888
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans Joas is Director of the Max Weber Center at the University of Erfurt and Professor of Sociology and Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He has previously been Visiting Professor at: Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study, University of Wisconsin at Madison, New School for Social Research, New York and at Duke University. Klaus Wiegandt is founder and CEO of the foundation Forum für Verantwortung.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors Foreword - Hans Joas and Klaus Wiegandt Society, State and Religion: Their Relationship from the Perspective of the World Religions: An Introduction - Hans Joas 1. Catholic Christianity - Cardinal Karl Lehmann 2. Protestantism - Friedrich Wilhelm Graf 3. The Departure and Return of God: Secularization and Theologization in Judaism - Eckart Otto 4. Islam and Secularization - Gudrun Krämer 5. Hinduism - Heinrich von Stietencron 6. Secularization: Confucianism and Buddhism - Rudolf G.Wagner 7. From Hostility through Recognition to Identification: State-Church Models and their Relationship to Freedom of Religion - Winfried Brugger 8. 'Science Doesn't Tremble': The Secular Natural Sciences and the Modern Feeling for Life - Ernst Peter Fischer 9. The Religious Situation in Europe - José Casanova 10. The Religious Situation in the USA - Hans Joas 11. The Religious Situation in East Asia - Joachim Gentz 12. The Relevance of the European Model of Secularization in Latin America and Afri

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