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Religion and the World

Fred Dallmayr

in Integral Pluralism

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125718
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135397 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125718.003.0005
Religion and the World

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Religious faith is meant to be the salt of the earth. There are numerous factors that impede the fruition of its role, and many of these factors are strictly “worldly” and thus extra-religious. Among such factors are the lust for untrammeled political power, the striving for unlimited wealth, and the ravages caused by chauvinism, xenophobia, and genocidal mayhem. More than ever before, our world today seems to be brimming over with these ills and destructive urges. Yet, at least in some of its guises, religion cannot be entirely absolved of complicity. More often than one would wish, religious faith stokes the flames of enmity and destruction while failing to hold up the torch of justice and peace.

Keywords: religious faith; chauvinism; xenophobia; complicity; enmity

Chapter.  6779 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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