A World Survey of Religion and the State by Jonathan Fox

By Jonathan Fox

This publication delves into the level of presidency involvement in faith (GIR) among 1990 and 2002 utilizing either quantitative and qualitative technique. The examine relies at the faith and country dataset (RAS), inclusive of a hundred seventy five governments around the globe, all of that are addressed separately during this ebook. The sorts of GIR tested during this examine comprise even if the govt has an legitimate faith, even if a few religions are given preferential remedy, non secular discrimination opposed to minority faith, executive rules of the bulk faith, and non secular laws. The learn indicates that GIR is ubiquitous, that GIR elevated considerably in this interval, and that just a minority of states, together with a minority of democracies, have separation of faith and kingdom. those findings contradict the predictions of religion's lowered public value present in modernization and secularization concept. The findings additionally reveal that nation non secular monopolies are associated with decreased non secular participation.

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For example, one study found that mediation between states of 8 Roeder (2003). Lai (2006). 10 Pearce (2004). 11 Weinberg & Eubank (1998), Weinberg, Eubank, & Pedahzur (2002); with Pape (2003) arguing for nationalist motivation. 12 See, for example, Fox (2004), and Tusicisny (2004). 13 Huntington (1993; 1996: 45–8) divides the world into eight major civilizations, all of which, with the exception of African civilization, include religion in their definitions. For a detailed discussion of the overlap between religious and civilizational identity see Fox (2004).

Some also analyze each country individually and compare the results.

S. politics. The liberation theology movement in Latin America and increasing participation of Catholic clergy in Latin American opposition movements demonstrates 16 Stark & Finke (2000: 18–20). 20 A World Survey of Religion and the State religion’s continuing potency in that world region. There is no shortage of ethnoreligious clashes that involve groups other than Muslims, including those in Sri Lanka, Tibet, and the Sikh-Hindu tensions in India. 17 It would be simple to portray the ensuing debate as a black and white argument over whether religion is in decline.

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