Bringing Religion into International Relations (Culture and by Jonathan Fox

By Jonathan Fox

This e-book examines the position faith performs in diplomacy in addition to why this function has been missed beforehand via diplomacy theorists. Fox and Sandler argue that whereas faith isn't the motive force in international politics, diplomacy can't be understood with out taking faith under consideration. non secular legitimacy affects coverage makers and their ingredients; neighborhood non secular phenomena, particularly spiritual conflicts, go borders; many transnational matters like human rights and inhabitants regulate have spiritual parts. The authors additionally research Huntington's conflict of Civilizations, which touches in a roundabout way upon the function of faith in present international politics, and supply insights into the Israeli-Palestinian clash.

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With a few exceptions, the Church defended its institutional interests through collaboration with political and economic elites and, in return, supported the rule of these elites. However, since World War II, elements of the Church, especially those at the grass-roots level, have supported the rights of the political and economic have-nots against the hierarchy. This often resulted in the upper and lower echelons of the Catholic hierarchy working at cross-purposes with the upper echelons supporting the state and the lower echelons opposing it, or at least many of its policies (Haynes, 1998: 42–48).

The nineteenth century was also the era of national revolutions during which the ethnic nation gave birth to the state. The decline of monarchical legitimacy and the rise of the doctrine of popular sovereignty gave birth to demands for self-rule within a political structure identical to and emerging from the ethnic composition of society. By contrast to the preceding 150 years when territorial states were established around princedoms, most of the new states represented a common ethnonational heritage.

Secular states develop civil norms of behavior with characteristics similar to religion (Bellah, 1970). The origin of the modern Westphalian state system is linked to the Protestant reformation (Philpott, 2000). Totalitarianism and ethnic cleansing have both been linked to ideas inherent in European Christianity (Osiander, 2000). Finally, the elements of modernity that were expected to bring about religion’s demise, have ironically, been linked to its resurgence. Thus, although the ideological themes and motifs of the paradigms that have driven international relations and the other social sciences have blinded the practitioners of these disciplines to the importance of religion as a social and political force, religion can still be found within them.

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