The Sacred and the Sovereign: Religion and International Politics

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Until September 11th, 2001, few in the West fully appreciated the significance of religion in international politics. The terrible events of that day refocused our attention on how thoroughly religion and politics intermingle, sometimes with horrific results. But must this intermingling always be so deadly? The Sacred and the Sovereign brings together leading voices to consider the roles that religion should -- and should not -- play in a post-Cold War age distinguished by humanitarian intervention, terrorism, ...

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Overview

Until September 11th, 2001, few in the West fully appreciated the significance of religion in international politics. The terrible events of that day refocused our attention on how thoroughly religion and politics intermingle, sometimes with horrific results. But must this intermingling always be so deadly? The Sacred and the Sovereign brings together leading voices to consider the roles that religion should -- and should not -- play in a post-Cold War age distinguished by humanitarian intervention, terrorism, globalization, and challenges to state sovereignty. But these challenges to state sovereignty have deep and abiding roots in religion that invite us to revisit just what values we hold sacred.

Offsetting the commonly shared idea that religion is politics' perennial nemesis, this volume demonstrates that religious traditions, institutions, and ideas are essential elements of the political quest for human rights, peace, order, legitimacy, and justice. The Sacred and the Sovereign brings distinguished scholars of religious studies, theology, and politics together with ranking members of the military and government to reflect seriously about where -- and if -- safe boundaries can be drawn between religion and politics in the international arena.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878409082
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John D. Carlson is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Arizona State University.

Erik C. Owens is assistant director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Jean Bethke Elshtain

Introduction: Reconsidering Westphalia's Legacy for Religion and International Politics John D. Carlson and Erik C. Owens

Part I: Religion and Armed Intervention1. The Moral Measurement of War: A Tradition of Change and Continuity J. Bryan Hehir

2. Ethical Implications of Kosovo Operations James P. McCarthy

3. An Editor's View of Kosovo: Dilemmas and Criteria for Humanitarian Intervention Margaret O'Brien Steinfels

4. Just War, Realism, and Intervention Jean Bethke Elshtain

5. Justice, Political Authority, and Armed Conflict: Challenges to Sovereignty and the Just Conduct of War John Kelsay

Part II: Human Rights, Political Authority, and Religious Commitments6. Religious Concomitants of Transnationalism: From a Universal Church to a Universal Religiosity Susanne Hoeber Rudolph

7. The Future of Sovereignty: A Christian Realist Perspective Robin W. Lovin

8. Serving Two Masters? Affirming Religious Belief and Human Rights in a Pluralistic World R. Scott Appleby

9. Trials, Tribunals and Tribulations of Sovereignty: Crimes against Humanity and the imago Dei John D. Carlson

Part III: Sovereignty and Its Critics10. Weighing Sovereignty in the "Sit Room": Does It Enter or End the Debate? Robert L. Gallucci

11. Religious Allegiance and Political Sovereignty: An Irreconcilable Tension? Paul J. Griffiths

12. Sacred Nonsovereignty Fred Dallmayr

Conclusion: Sovereignty after September 11: What Has Changed? Erik C. Owens

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