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 asbelief, the contributors helps us to comprehend our present situation and challenges.Hawkin, David J. is the author of 'Twenty-First Century Confronts Its Gods Globalization, Technology, and War' with ISBN 9780791461822 and ISBN 0791461823.
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