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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 Movements for a New Century
Religious Movements for a New Century

Along with the revitalization of ancient traditions in the form of traditionalism and various religious revivals and reformulations of religious traditions, a number of new religious forms have emerged as a response to modernism. These forms include civil religions and syncretic religious movements and new forms of religiosity that draw upon elective affinities between the interests of particular groups of people and the interaction among various religious traditions and secular forces. Religiosity in the new century is a dynamic mixture of the old and the new, of ancient rites and beliefs as well as a plethora of recent religious movements, and the impact of social movements, such as the women’s and environmental movements, ...

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