Crossing the Gods: World Religions and Worldly Politics

3.71 avg rating
( 7 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780813532073: Crossing the Gods: World Religions and Worldly Politics
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Crossing the Gods examines the sometimes antagonistic and sometimes cozy but always difficult and dangerous relationship between religion and politics in countries around the globe.            

Eminent sociologist of religion Jay Demerath traveled to Brazil, China, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, and Thailand to explore the history and current relationship of religion, politics, and the state in each country. In the first part of this wide-ranging book, he asks, What are the basic fault lines along which current tensions and conflicts have formed? What are the trajectories of change from past to present, and how do they help predict the future?

In the book’s second part the author returns home to focus on the United States the only nation founded specifically on the principle of a separation between religion and state and examines the extent to which this principle actually holds and the consequences when it does not. Highlighting such issues as culture wars, violence, globalization, and the fluidity of individual religious identity, Demerath exposes the provincialism and fallacies underlying many of our views of religion and politics worldwide.

Finally, Demerath examines America’s status as the world’s most religious nation. He places that claim within a comparative context and argues that our country is not “more religious” but “differently religious.” He argues that it represents a unique combination of congregational religion, religious pluralism, and civil religion. But the United States also illustrates the universal tendency for the sacred to give way to the secular and for the secular to generate new forms of the sacred.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Jay Demerath is a professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the author of ten books, among them Sacred Companies: Organizational Aspects of Religion and Religious Aspects of Organizations and A Bridging of Faiths: Religion and Politics in a New England City. He is the immediate past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Review:

"Demerath rides a global highway from South America to the Middle East, India and beyond, discovering the diversity of religious responses to the social and political crises of the contemporary age. This is a brilliant demonstration of a newly emerging global sociology of religion. A journey worth taking, with intellectual rewards every step of the way."-Mark Juergensmeyer, author of Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence "Fresh, enriching challenging and witty: Crossing the Gods is the first truly sociological approach to contemporary world religions and their social and political contexts. A major contribution."-Helen Rose Ebaugh, professor of sociology, University of Houston

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

1.

N. J. Demerath
Published by Rutgers University Press, United States (2003)
ISBN 10: 0813532078 ISBN 13: 9780813532073
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Rutgers University Press, United States, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Crossing the Godsexamines the sometimes antagonistic and sometimes cozy but always difficult and dangerous relationship between religion and politics in countries around the globe. Eminent sociologist of religion Jay Demerath traveled to Brazil, China, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, and Thailand to explore the history and current relationship of religion, politics, and the state in each country. In the first part of this wide-ranging book, he asks, What are the basic fault lines along which current tensions and conflicts have formed? What are the trajectories of change from past to present, and how do they help predict the future?In the book's second part the author returns home to focus on the United States the only nation founded specifically on the principle of a separation between religion and state and examines the extent to which this principle actually holds and the consequences when it does not. Highlighting such issues as culture wars, violence, globalization, and the fluidity of individual religious identity, Demerath exposes the provincialism and fallacies underlying many of our views of religion and politics worldwide.Finally, Demerath examines America's status as the world's most religious nation. He places that claim within a comparative context and argues that our country is not "more religious" but "differently religious." He argues that it represents a unique combination of congregational religion, religious pluralism, and civil religion. But the United States also illustrates the universal tendency for the sacred to give way to the secular and for the secular to generate new forms of the sacred. Seller Inventory # AAV9780813532073

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 34.38
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

N. J. Demerath
Published by Rutgers University Press, United States (2003)
ISBN 10: 0813532078 ISBN 13: 9780813532073
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Rutgers University Press, United States, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Crossing the Godsexamines the sometimes antagonistic and sometimes cozy but always difficult and dangerous relationship between religion and politics in countries around the globe. Eminent sociologist of religion Jay Demerath traveled to Brazil, China, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, and Thailand to explore the history and current relationship of religion, politics, and the state in each country. In the first part of this wide-ranging book, he asks, What are the basic fault lines along which current tensions and conflicts have formed? What are the trajectories of change from past to present, and how do they help predict the future?In the book's second part the author returns home to focus on the United States the only nation founded specifically on the principle of a separation between religion and state and examines the extent to which this principle actually holds and the consequences when it does not. Highlighting such issues as culture wars, violence, globalization, and the fluidity of individual religious identity, Demerath exposes the provincialism and fallacies underlying many of our views of religion and politics worldwide.Finally, Demerath examines America's status as the world's most religious nation. He places that claim within a comparative context and argues that our country is not "more religious" but "differently religious." He argues that it represents a unique combination of congregational religion, religious pluralism, and civil religion. But the United States also illustrates the universal tendency for the sacred to give way to the secular and for the secular to generate new forms of the sacred. Seller Inventory # AAV9780813532073

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 34.56
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

3.

N. J. Demerath III
ISBN 10: 0813532078 ISBN 13: 9780813532073
New Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
booksXpress
(Freehold, NJ, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9780813532073

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 34.57
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

4.

Demerath, Jay
Published by Rutgers Univ Press
ISBN 10: 0813532078 ISBN 13: 9780813532073
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:

Book Description Rutgers Univ Press. Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Softcover A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Veteran Owned Bookshop in business since 1992!. Seller Inventory # 3994145

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 35.94
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

5.

Demerath, Jay
Published by Rutgers University Press 1/15/2003 (2003)
ISBN 10: 0813532078 ISBN 13: 9780813532073
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Rutgers University Press 1/15/2003, 2003. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Crossing the Gods: World Religions and Worldly Politics. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780813532073

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 40.66
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

6.

N.J. Demerath
Published by Rutgers University Press (2003)
ISBN 10: 0813532078 ISBN 13: 9780813532073
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Rutgers University Press, 2003. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # LQ-9780813532073

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 38.17
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

7.

Demerath, Jay
Published by Rutgers University Press (2017)
ISBN 10: 0813532078 ISBN 13: 9780813532073
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)

Book Description Rutgers University Press, 2017. Paperback. Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2017; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Seller Inventory # ria9780813532073_lsuk

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 38.57
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.72
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

8.

N.J. III Demerath
ISBN 10: 0813532078 ISBN 13: 9780813532073
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. Paperback. This award winning and tragically timely book examines religion's strained and often violent role in some fourteen countries around the globe, ranging from Brazil and Guatemala to Pol.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 304 pages. 0.463. Seller Inventory # 9780813532073

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 47.47
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

9.

Demerath, N. J., Iii
ISBN 10: 0813532078 ISBN 13: 9780813532073
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
GreatBookPricesUK
(Castle Donington, DERBY, United Kingdom)

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 761491-n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 30.81
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 18.67
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

10.

N. J. Demerath III
Published by Rutgers University Press (2003)
ISBN 10: 0813532078 ISBN 13: 9780813532073
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Rutgers University Press, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0813532078

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 46.30
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book