Where Is the Religion?

Michael Barnett

in Rethinking Religion and World Affairs

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827978
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933020 | DOI:
Where Is the Religion?

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This chapter uses humanitarianism's androgynous quality—its possession of both religious and secular attributes—to explore two issues regarding the contemporary world order. First, the distinction between the religious and the secular is more deceptive than informative. Second, contemporary Western religious tradition and humanitarianism are equally wary of the “political.” The shifting terrain between religion and secularism within humanitarianism, and the political and the religious in humanitarianism, points to a faith-based world order.

Keywords: humanitarianism; religion; secularism; Western religious tradition; faith-based world order

Chapter.  7971 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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