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Religion for All Beings

Balmiki Prasad Singh

in Bahudhā and the Post 9/11 World

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195693553
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080328 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693553.003.0009
Religion for All Beings

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It is very unfortunate that religion has become a source of discord, conflict and wars. Faiths differ from each other in terms of dogmas, beliefs, and rituals. But, at the same time, all religions have also been creative, and have enabled people to attain meaningful existence. Dogmas, beliefs, and rituals are only instruments which seek to arouse a spiritual quest so that one can realize new possibilities in life. This chapter asks the following questions: What is the political role of religion? How does it affect state policy? What challenges does it pose to world peace? What positive role can religion play towards global peace and formulation of public policy for social harmony? Is secularization of the state the answer? What help can the bahudhā approach render in this context?

Keywords: bahudhā; religion; social harmony; world peace; state policy; spiritual quest

Chapter.  10006 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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