Until September 11th, 2001, few in the West fully appreciated the
significance of religion in international politics. The terrible
events of that day refocused our attention on how thoroughly
religion and politics intermingle, sometimes with horrific results.
But must this intermingling always be so deadly? The Sacred and the
Sovereign brings together leading voices to consider the roles that
religion should -- and should not -- play in a post-Cold War age
distinguished by humanitarian intervention, terrorism,
globalization, and challenges to state sovereignty. But these
challenges to state sovereignty have deep and abiding roots in
religion that invite us to revisit just what values we hold sacred.
Offsetting the commonly shared idea that religion is politics'
perennial nemesis, this volume demonstrates that religious
traditions, institutions, and ideas are essential elements of the
political quest for human rights, peace, order, legitimacy, and
justice. The Sacred and the Sovereign brings distinguished scholars
of religious studies, theology, and politics together with ranking
members of the military and government to reflect seriously about
where -- and if -- safe boundaries can be drawn between religion
and politics in the international arena.
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