Politics and Religion
By (author) Steve Bruce
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Politics and Religion by Steve Bruce
Book DescriptionIslamic fundamentalists wreck the financial heart of New York; Hindus destroy a mosque at Ayodhya; Orthodox Jews battle Palestinians for possession of holy sites; in Egypt, Israel and India political leaders are murdered by religious zealots. In many parts of the world, religion combines with ethnic and national conflict to stimulate political militancy. The collapse of Communism and the failure of Western secular models of development have stimulated the revival of religiously inspired nationalisms. Even in stable affluent democracies, religion is a powerful influence on political preferences. It affects lifestyle concerns such as abortion, gender roles and gay rights. It influences economic attitudes. It shapes the alignments of political parties. Believers try to influence governments and, although most governments in principle tolerate religious diversity, many still attempt to regulate religious behaviour, particularly that of new religious movements. Steve Bruce draws on material from all over the world and from all religious traditions to explore the complex links between religion and politics. He shows that, while social, economic and political circumstances shape the political choices and actions of believers, religion still matters. Although the major world faiths have at times been associated with every conceivable political agenda, there remain important differences between Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Confucian, Shinto and Muslim politics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745628196
(237mm x 158mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Steve Bruce
Religion in Secular Society, Hardback (October 2016)
A reissue Religion in Secular Society (1966) by Bryan Wilson (1926-2004), a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford for thirty years and one of the leading sociologists of religion of the twentieth century.
Why are Women More Religious Than Men?, Paperback (September 2014)
A state-of-the-art review of social research on the question of why women are more religious than men for those interested in one of the largest differences between male and female behaviour.
Scottish Gods, Hardback (March 2014)
Explores Scotland's transformation from the largely devout Presbyterian country of 1900, with the church as a major social force, to the diverse, more secular society of today, when less than 10 per cent of Scots attend church. This book looks at the decline in the Protestant-Catholic divide.
Secularization, Paperback (January 2013)» View all books by Steve Bruce
Secularization remains one of the most hotly debated topics in the study of religion in modern societies. Steve Bruce elaborates the sociological secularization paradigm and defends it against a wide variety of recent attempts at rebuttal and refutation.
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Author Biography - Steve Bruce
Steve Bruce is Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen and a Fellow of the British Academy
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