Assumptions and institutions that we have taken for granted for fifty years are proving inadequate for the world now emerging. Moreover, mono-casual explanations of rapid global change do not work. Religious as well as economic dynamics, cultural as well as political forces, environmental as well as military constraints, are frequently working at cross-purposes in shaping a globe we cannot yet fathom.
The chapters in this volume reach beyond mere descriptions of phenomena to explore deeper currents of institutional breakdown and competing cultural drives that are radically reshaping our world. Covering topics ranging from the New Silk Road to changes in school governance around the world, the authors offer a critical, historically informed assessment of the diverse dynamics that are undermining or nullifying current paradigms of thought and action. Drawing on their diverse backgrounds in economics, international affairs, ethics, history, education, and religion, the authors share the conviction that long-standing assumptions about a state-centered, secular-tending, economically converging world are in large measure mistaken. A paradigm shift is required if we are to understand and constructively shape the twenty-first-century world.
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Table of Contents
1 To Look at the World Entirely Afresh James W. Skillen 1
2 Kaleidoscopic Change in World Affairs: Emerging Patterns of Sovereignty and Governance Steven E. Meyer 9
3 Faith and Globalization Max L. Stackhouse 41
4 Globalization and the State: A View from Economics Rodney D. Ludema 55
5 The New Silk Road: Central Asia at the Global Crossroads Alice-Catherine Carls 71
6 Schooling and the Not-So-Sovereign State Charles L. Glenn 81
7 Evangelical Christians: The New Internationalists? Dennis R. Hoover 93
8 Contending Ways of Life James W. Skillen 107
About the Contributors 131