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In a world plagued by religious conflict, how can the various religious and secular traditions coexist peacefully on the planet? And, what role does sociology play in helping us understand the state of religious life in a globalizing world? In the Fourth Edition of Gods in the Global Village, author Lester Kurtz continues to address these questions. This text is an engaging, thought-provoking examination of the relationships among the major faith traditions that inform the thinking and ethical standards of most people in the emerging global social order. Thoroughly updated to reflect recent events, the book discusses the role of religion in our daily lives and global politics, and the ways in which religion is both an agent of, and barrier to, social change.

Religious Life in the Global Village
Religious Life in the Global Village

“God” isn’t a provable math problem, Zach. “God” is just a catchall term we give to our ignorance.

—Joyce Carol Oates, The Gravedigger’s Daughter

Never has the study of religion been more important or an understanding of the various traditions more crucial. Terrorism and the war on terrorism, as well as waves of nonviolent civil resistance to dictatorship, are accelerating many of the changes taking place on our planet and revealing the continued role of religion in our daily lives and in global politics. The whirlwind of change in our economic, social, political, and personal lives that we are experiencing may change the course of human history, but at the same time we are rooted ...

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