The Twenty-first Century Confronts Its Gods: Globalization, Technology, and War

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David J. Hawkin
SUNY Press, Oct 14, 2004 - History - 222 pages
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This book penetrates the assumptions of Western technological society and exposes the powers that govern it. The contributors argue that it is a mistake to think that religion and belief have been relegated to the private sphere and are no longer important in the public and political domains. They assert that the twenty-first century has a set of new gods?the powers of globalization, technology, the market, and military might?that reign alongside those of traditional religions. These are the forces to which the modern era has granted ultimacy. This book looks at how major religions such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism play an important role in politics and society on both the global and local levels. The new gods of technology, globalization, and war are shown to exacerbate the existing cultural divisions and religious strife that mark our time. By understanding the importance of that which is held sacred, whether traditional belief or modern practice not acknowledged as belief, the contributors help us to comprehend our present situation and challenges.
 

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Contents

The Origins of Modernity and the Technological Society
27
Religion Risk and the Technological Society
45
Nature and Community in the Global Market
59
Media Technology and the Future of Religions
79
The West Against the Rest? A Buddhist Response to The Clash of Civilizations
95
Terrorism Some Theological Reflections
111
Islam and the Politics of Violence Defining the Muslim Community
129
Disarming Phineas Rabbinic Confrontations with Biblical Militancy
141
Hindutva and the Rhetoric of Violence Interpreting the Past Designing the Future
157
Buddhism and Violence in Modernity
173
The Ascension of Mars and the Salvation of the Modern World
189
List of Contributors
209
Index
213
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David J. Hawkin is Professor of Religious Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the author of The Johannine World: Reflections on the Theology of the Fourth Gospel and Contemporary Society, also published by SUNY Press.

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