Abraham and the Secular: Fracture and Composition by Simone Raudino (Hardback)
This volume offers both theoretical approaches and case studies on the relationship between religion and the secular world.
This volume offers both theoretical approaches and case studies on the relationship between religion and the secular world. Bringing together contributions from seasoned authors, religious leaders, and brilliant new scholars, it frames the long-standing debate on how to structure a comparative representation of any religion on the one side, and the secular world on the other. Often, the very act of comparing religions exposes them to an assessment of their role in history and politics, and risks leading to some sort of grading and ranking, which is highly unproductive. By candidly discussing the relation between religion and the secular and providing concrete examples from four case studies (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Baha'I'), this book provides an important reference on how this can be achieved in a neutral way, while keeping in mind the normative finality of seeking conciliation to existing fractures, both within and among religions.
About the Author: Simone Raudino is Visiting Professor at the Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine and Co-Founder of the interfaith organization, Bridging Gaps, Hong Kong. He is the co-editor of Beyond the Death of God: Religion in 21st Century International Politics (forthcoming). Uzma Ashraf Barton is Co-founder of the interfaith organization, Bridging Gaps, Hong Kong. She is the author of Rethinking Regulation of International Finance: Law, Policy and Institutions (2016).
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