Description : How does the gospel relate to a pluralist society? What is the Christian message in a society marked by religious pluralism, ethnic diversity and cultural relativism? Should Christians concentrate on evangelism or dialogue? The Gospel in a Pluralist Society addresses these kinds of questions - providing an excellent analysis of contemporary culture and suggests how Christians can more confidently affirm their faith in such a context. While drawing on scholars such as Michael Polanyi, Alasdair MacIntyre, Hendrikus Berkof, Walter Wink and Robert Wuthnow, this heartfelt work by a missionary pastor and preacher is not only suited to an academic readership; it also offers to Christian leaders and lay people many thoughtful, helpful and provocative reflections. When Lesslie Newbigin died in 1998, The Times' obituary writer described him as 'one of the foremost missionary statesmen of his generation', and amongst 'the outstanding figures on the world Christian stage of the second half of the century'. The Gospel in a Pluralist Society has been widely influential and deserves to be reissued as an SPCK Classic.
Description : Religious pluralism is everywhere in today's politics. Increased immigration flows, the collapse of communism, and the globalization of communications technologies have all fostered a wider variety of religious beliefs, practices, and organizations within and across democratic societies. This is true in both the United States and Europe, where growing and diverse minority communities are transforming the political landscape. As a result, controversies over such things as headscarves and depictions of Mohammed are unsettling a largely secular Europe, while a Christian majority in the US faces familiar questions about church-state relations amidst unprecedented religious diversity. Far from receding into the background, religious language pervades arguments around established issues such as abortion and capital punishment, and new ones such as stem cell research and same-sex marriage. In Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism, leading scholars from multiple disciplines explore these dynamics and their implications for democratic theory and practice. What are the contours of this new religious pluralism? What are its implications for the theory and practice of democracy? Does increasing religious pluralism erode the cultural and social foundations of democracy? To what extent do different religious communities embrace similar -- or at least compatible -- ethical and political commitments? By seeking answers to these questions and revealing religious pluralism as both a source of animosity and a potent force for peaceful engagement, this book offers a revealing look at the future of religion in democratic societies.
Description : In den Beiträgen dieses Bandes werden Erfahrungen und »Good-Practice-Beispiele« aus dem Bereich des religiösen Diversitätsmanagements aus rechtlicher, politischer und kommunaler Perspektive diskutiert. Zu Wort kommen ExpertInnen und JournalistInnen aus Indonesien und Österreich, unter anderem auch hochrangige religiöse Führungspersönlichkeiten der zwei größten muslimischen Vereinigung Indonesiens. Der Sammelband bietet damit einen interessanten Ansatz zur aktuellen Diskussion über die Präsenz und Partizipation von MuslimInnen in Europa und macht die Notwendigkeit des Erfahrungsaustausches – insbesondere um den Herausforderungen der Globalisierung gerecht zu werden – deutlich.Dieser Band vereint Beiträge des Symposiums »State, Law and Religion in Pluralistic Societies – Austrian and Indonesian Perspectives«, das Ende Mai 2009 in Wien vom österreichischen und dem indonesischen Außenministerium in Kooperation mit der Rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Wien organisiert wurde. Es gelang, den Dialog zwischen diesen Ländern zu bestärken: auf der Ebene der öffentlichen Verwaltung ebenso wie der der Universitäten und Forschungseinrichtungen, der Zivilgesellschaft und der religiösen Gemeinschaften.
Description : Attempting to let 'everyday religion' raise critical questions about how we understand the role of religion in society, this book examines the social circumstances of religion's presence and absence.
Description : In this book the author relates Gandhi's response to the challenge of religious diversity to his awareness of other pluralities - social, economic and political. To Gandhi, religion was not an isolated marker of identity. Beginning with his own Hindu heritage, his relations with Muslims, Christians, Jains and Jews are presented as the basis for his faith that separate heritages could be shared and all could engage in common tasks. His early contact with non-theist thought systems in fin de siècle London, his strong reaction to Curzon's Convocation address in Calcutta University, the pedagogic implicate of the prayer meetings, his attitude to conversion, his special relation to Quakers, and why toleration was not enough, are some of the fresh perspectives offered. Philosophers of religion who analyse religious pluralism, students of modern Indian history, and the general reader concerned about the conflictual role that religion appears to have in the contemporary world, will not fail to find this new study of Gandhi fascinating.
Description : Religious education in liberal pluralist societies such as the UK, the USA, and Australian underwent radical change in the 1980s and 1990s, with a major shift towards multi-faith, educationally oriented programmes. This has meant significant modifications to both the content and the methodology of religious-education courses and to the way they are conceived of and taught in schools and universities. One important implication of this change for the teaching and study of religion today is the need for a philosophical dimension that deals with issues such as the truth status of religious statements and the moral acceptability of religious claims. This dimension is often insufficiently developed; this lack is made more critical by the multiple competing truth claims of various religions, giving rise to such contentious problems as the growth of fundamentalism, increasing religious intolerance and conflict, and differences of opinion on central moral problems such as birth control, abortion and euthanasia. This text attempts to provide the philosophical underpinning that the study and teaching of religion in modern societies requires.
Description : 12 Essays Bring An Extraordinary Range Of Voices And Experiences To The Dialogue Of Religious Plurarlism. A Rich And Challenging Collection Of Interest To Those Interested In The Public Debate On The Possibility Of Harmonous Co-Existence Between Peoples Of Diverse Faiths. Divided Under 3 Man Heads-Legitimization Of Plurality, Individual, Church And Community, Living Plurality.
Description : This book contains the work of international scholars who address the contemporary globalizing antagonism between religion and secularity, in the theoretical and practical pursuit for this antagonism's reconciliation in a more just, humane and peaceful future society and world.