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Political Religion: How Christianity and Islam Shape the World

Political Religion: How Christianity and Islam Shape the World

by Felix Korner




This book explores how religions can shape the world. For this purpose, the author identified different types of religious ways of shaping the world, viz., culture, foundation of identity, legitimization of power, relativization of power, presence of powerlessness, and inspiration of society to that sociological framework. The author aligned with these corresponding religious notions, especially from the Bible and the Qur’an, also where they are critical of past and present circumstances.

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ISBN-13: 9780809154968
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Felix Körner, SJ, has taught dogmatic theology at the Gregorian University since 2008. He has written and lectured extensively on Muslim-Christian relations. In addition, he has served on the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Dedication vii

Introduction ix

Culture 1

1 Religion as Culture 3

Theology of the World 5

Theology of Culture 18

From World to Spirit 41

Identity 43

2 Religion as Foundation of a New Identity 45

Identity through Conversion 46

Conversion by Vocation 72

From Conversion to Vocation and Sacrament 86

Violence 89

3 Religion as Legitimation of Rule and Violence 91

War in God's Name 93

Religion, Law, Representation 103

From Authority to Justice 122

Relativization 125

4 Religion as Relativization and Critique of Worldly Power 127

Religions as State Critics 129

The Politics of God's Kingdom and Church 140

From God's Kingdom to the Weakness of the Witness 158

Weakness 161

5 Religion as Representation of Weakness 163

Option for the Poor 164

Faith as Conscious Weakness 178

From the Poor to Belief 188

Inspiration 189

6 Religion as Inspiration in a Plural Society 191

Faith in a Contradicting Public Sphere 192

Religion and Ethics in Contradiction 202

From Conscience to Person 215

Acknowledgment 219

7 Religion as Acknowledgment of the Other 221

Relations of Acknowledgment 225

Conclusion 237

Notes 239

Index 253

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