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Prophetic Religions and Politics, Vol. I

Prophetic Religions and Politics, Vol. I
ISBN
0913757535
Weight
2.00 lbs
Cover
Paper

Pages
458

Size
6x9

Date Available
1999/11/30


Index , Notes , Bibliography
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In the late sixties, scholars cautioned us that science and technology were making religion irrelevant as a social force: “God is dead; modern society is becoming secularized.” However, the seventies saw the takeover of Iran by Islamic reactionaries, the rise of the Moral Majority, the involvement of the Catholic hierarchy in the abortion and nuclear war issues, and the all-out war between Christians and Muslims in Lebanon as well as intra-religious strife on every continent.

To combat the inadequacies and inaccuracies of the secularization theory of religion, Jeffrey Hadden and Anson Shupe have assembled Prophetic Religions and Politics, a collection of essays by noted sociologists of religion. The consensus of the authors is that the world is involved in a new religious upsurge as diverse as its population. In South America, Catholics espousing “liberation theology” pressure regimes from the left. In Poland, the Catholic Church exerts great power on the right. Christians and Buddhists have built solid centrist political parties in Europe and Japan. And fundamentalists in the United States exercise more power today than ever before.

Left-wing, right-wing, “establishment,” reactionary or revolutionary, the participants in the new religious awakening are both the disaffected and the well-to-do. Their one common characteristic is that they take their religion seriously enough to try to mold their social and political environments to conform to their spiritual values. Prophetic Religions and Politics explains the main personalities in this phenomenon, how they built their power bases, and how their movements may shape the future social and political landscape.

Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Jeffrey K. Hadden and Anson D. Shupe
PART I: THE PROPHET IN THEORY AND ACTION
1. Prophecy, Charisma, and Politics: Reinterpreting the Weberian Thesis
Theodore E. Long
2. The New Fundamentalism: Rebirth of Political Religion in America
Wade Clark Roof
3. Charismatic Leadership Trajectories: A Comparative Study of Marcus Garvey and Sun Myung Moon
Michael L. Mickler
4. Ran Mohan Roy: Pioneer of Indian Freedom
Cromwell S. Crawford
PART II: PROPHETIC RELIGION EMERGING AT THE GRASS ROOTS
5. Liberation Theology in Latin America: Sociological Problems of Interpretation and Explanation
Roland Robertson
6. Religion and the Legitimation of Violence
William R. Garrett
7. Indigenous Religions and the Transformation of Peripheral Societies
Paget Henry
PART III: PROPHETIC RELIGION IN THE SERVICE OF NATION BUILDING
8. Modern Islamic Sociopolitical Thought
John L. Esposito
9. What Is Islamic Fundamentalism?
Nader Saiedi
10. Dakwah Islamiah: Islamic Revivalism in the Politics of Race and Religion in Malaysia
Zulkarnaina M. Mess and W. Barnett Pearce
11. Religion and Politics in Post-World War II Poland
Karol H. Borowski
PART IV: PROPHETIC RELIGION AND THE POLITICS OF ACCOMMODATION
12. Militancy and Accommodation in the Third Civilization: The Case of Japan’s Soka Gakkai Movement
Anson D. Shupe
13. Historical Perspectives on Religion and Regime: Some Sociological Comparisons of Buddhism and Christianity
Randall Collins
14. Comparative Perspectives on Religion and Regime in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union
Jerry G. Pankhurst
15. Prophetic Christianity and the Future of China
Frank K. Flinn
16. Pentecostals and Politics in North and Central America
Margaret M. Poloma
17. Egypt’s Islamic Militancy Revisited
Saad Eddin Ibrahim
PART V: CONFLICT AND INSTITUTIONALIZATION
18. Prophets, Priests, and the Polity: European Christian Democracy in a Developmental Perspective
John T. S. Madeley
19. Some Elementary Forms of Authority and Fundamentalist Politics
John H. Simpson
20. Protestantism and Politics in Scotland and Ulster
Steve Bruce
21. Prophecy and Ecstacy: Religion and Politics in the Caribbean
Stephen D. Glazier
Contributors
Index

ANSON SHUPE is a coauthor of Televangelism: Power and Politics on God’s Frontier, The New Vigilantes, and The Mormon CorporateEmpire. He is also Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University-Purdue University.

JEFFREY K. HADDEN is the. author of Prime Time Preachers, the most frequently cited work on the rising political power of television evangelists, and a coauthor of’ Televangelism: Power and Politics on God’s Frontier. He is professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, Charlottville, and a former president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

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