Religion in the 21st Century: Challenges and Transformations

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Margit Warburg, Dr Lisbet Christoffersen, Professor Hanne Petersen, Professor Hans Raun Iversen
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jun 28, 2013 - Religion - 248 pages
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In spite of the debate about secularization or de-secularization, the existential-bodily need for religion is basically the same as always. What have been changed are the horizons within which religions are interpreted and the relationships within which religions are integrated.

This book explores how religions continue to challenge secular democracy and science, and how religions are themselves being challenged by secular values and practices. All traditions - whether religious or secular - experience a struggle over authority, and this struggle seems to intensify with globalization, as it has brought people around the world in closer contact with each other. In this book internationally leading scholars from sociology, law, political science, religious studies, theology and the religion and science debate, take stock of the current interdisciplinary research on religion and open new perspectives at the cutting edge of the debate on religion in the 21st century.

 

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Contents

Religion Challenging the Myth of Secular Democracy
19
Fundamentalismand the Pluralization of ValueOrientations
37
Intellectual Challenges from Religion
51
A Sociological Response
67
A Theological Response
73
Religion and Science
85
Appeals to Science as Religious
103
The Need of Real Doubt in Religion and Science
111
Law and Religion in Europe
149
Republicisation of Religion in France
163
Sebastien TankStorper
177
The Settled Secularity of Happy Denmark
183
Background of the Cartoon Crisis in Danish Mentality
191
Reiterating Secularism in
207
A Reassessment in the Light
215
Index
229

Systemically closed cognitively open? A Critical Analysis
119
Challenges in Nordic Legal Cultures
141

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About the author (2013)

Lisbet Christoffersen is Professor in Law, Religion and Society at Roskilde University, Denmark, and Adjunct Professor of Law and Religion with Ecclesiastical Law at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Hanne Petersen is Professor of Legal Cultures. She is part of a management team of the Centre for Studies of Legal Culture at the University of Copenhagen. She was formerly Professor of Jurisprudence and Sociology of Law at the University of Greenland, and Professor of Greenlandic Sociology of Law at the University of Copenhagen.

Margit Warburg is Professor in Sociology of Religion at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Hans Raun Iversen is Associate Professor for Practical Theology at the University of Copenhagen;

Hanne Petersen, José Casanova, Sven-Eric Liedman, Grace Davie, Niels Henrik Gregersen, Philip Clayton, Willem B. Drees, Jesper Hoffmeyer, Shaheen Sardar Ali, Kjell Å. Modéer, Silvio Ferrari, Sébastien Tank-Storper, Martin Riesebrodt, David Martin, Hans Raun Iversen, Anders Berg-Sørensen, Margit Warburg.

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