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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.

Modernism and Multiculturalism
Modernism and Multiculturalism

At the turn of the 20th century, Pope Pius X (1907) declared modernism to be the synthesis of all heresies. It “lays the axe to the root, not the branch,” he said as he excommunicated a number of scholars and set up vigilance committees to report heretics to Rome. The Vatican severely suppressed biblical scholarship in the Catholic tradition until the Second Vatican Council half a century later.

Of course, in one sense the pope was right. Modernism is a synthesis of all heresies that goes to the root of faith traditions, challenging the very notion of dogma. As reprehensible as we might find his suppression of scholarship, he was correct about the profound shaking of the roots that modernism ...

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