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God's Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics
Is religion a force for good or evil in world politics? How much influence does it have? Despite predictions of its decline, religion has resurged in political influence across the globe, helped by the very forces that were supposed to bury it: democracy, globalization, and technology. And despite recent claims that religion is exclusively irrational and violent, its polit ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published March 14th 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Mar 21, 2011 Caitlin rated it liked it · review of another edition
God's Century delivers a broad, yet detailed, picture of religion and its influence on global politics. Through a historical examination of worldwide democratization movements, civil wars and more, the authors articulate the role of religion in politics in a way that provides a desperately needed thoughtful and nuanced approach to understanding why religious actors do the things they do. Very valuable and very relevant.
This book is a survey of the de-secularization of the world, looking at the causes and implications of religion's rise to prominence in global politics. It appears to have been someone's dissertation that was turned into a book, but it is written in a readable style. Much of the material is available elsewhere, but the authors put it together into a comprehensive book, and add some new material. I liked their analysis of the history of relations between religious groups and governments best.
Apr 03, 2011 David rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: History, Politics, Christian History, World Politics
God’s Century is about how religion and politics have come to coexist with natural ebbs and flows of the two interconnected spheres of influence. Read More:
Tbh, I haven't finished this book, but we discussed major parts and main theses and arguments in university. Interesting perspectives, but it's up to the reader to agree or disagree with them. Do know that it's highly western/european centralised.