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Title: Public Significance of Religion
Author: Francis, Leslie J Hans-Georg Ziebertz (eds)
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2011
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004207066
Volumes: 1; Pages: 499
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This book reflects on the statement that religion represents a force in the public realms of society. The background observation is that a regained relevance for and commitment to religion shows that it re-emerges from an incognito position in secularized countries, but also that it does so in a new form: unexpected, foreign, and maybe even dangerous. If religion regains public significance in social debates what are its characteristics in terms of topics and interests, actors and parties, how is this experienced and evaluated by different groups in society, what are the motives of religious groups and churches to re-enter the public domain and are they effective, what is the importance of religious group claims in participating (consulting, steering, and dominating) in public debates, how do different religious and non-religious groups evaluate the impact of religion on its public environment, and under which conditions can it be regarded to be functional or dysfunctional/ Scholars who answer these questions do this from a theological or a religious studies' perspective. They reflect on the phrase 'public significance' of a religion in its political, cultural, and typical religious dimension. The book points out what tendencies can be observed when different religions profile themselves competitively in public debate, and to what extent do ehtnic and national identities intervene in this interreligious interaction?