Description - Religion, Democracy and Democratization by John Anderson
This book explores the troubled relationship between religion and democracy, focusing in particular on two questions. Firstly, how has religion engaged with the democratization processes that have taken place over the last thirty years and how, if at all, might they contribute towards the deepening of democracy in the future? Chapters explore the ways in which religious ideas have been used to undermine authoritarian regimes and religious institutions have provided the basis for resistance to such regimes. Yet they also note that historically religious organisations have often been ambiguous about the virtues of democracy, and that this is sometimes reinforced when the practice of democracy serves to undermine their ideological and institutional position in society. The second theme revolves around the vexed question of whether some religions are more 'suitable' for democracy than others, with several chapters investigating the debates emerging around the rise of political Islam and conservative Protestantism. This book was previously published as a special issue of the journal Democratization.
John Anderson, St Andrews University Steve Bruce, Aberdeen University Paul Freston, Calvin College, Michigan & University of Sao Carlos Anthony Gill, University of
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