Religion, the Enlightenment, and the New Global Order

Edited by John M. Owen IV and J. Judd Owen

Columbia University Press

Religion, the Enlightenment, and the New Global Order

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Religion, the Enlightenment, and the New Global Order

Edited by John M. Owen IV and J. Judd Owen

Columbia University Press

Largely due to the cultural and political shift of the Enlightenment, Western societies in the eighteenth century emerged from sectarian conflict and embraced a more religiously moderate path. In nine original essays, leading scholars ask whether exporting the Enlightenment solution is possible—or even desirable—today.

Contributors begin by revisiting the Enlightenment's restructuring of the West, examining its ongoing encounters with Protestant and Catholic Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism. While acknowledging the necessity of the Enlightenment emphasis on toleration and peaceful religious coexistence, these scholars nevertheless have grave misgivings about the Enlightenment's spiritually thin secularism. The authors ultimately upend both the claim that the West's experience offers a ready-made template for the world to follow and the belief that the West's achievements are to be ignored, despised, or discarded.
Acknowledgments
Part 1. The Enlightenment Revisited: Theoretical Questions
1. Religion, the Enlightenment. and the New Global Order, by John M. Owen IV and J. Judd Owen
2. Religious Violence or Religious Pluralism: The Essential Choice, by William A. Galston
3. Religion, Enlightenment, and a Common Good, by Jean Bethke Elshtain
4. How and Why the West Has Lost Confidence in Its Foundational Political Principles, by Thomas L. Pangle
Part 2. The Enlightenment, Secularity, and the Religions
5. The Enlightenment Project, Spinoza, and the Jews, by David Novak
6. Puritan Sources of Enlightenment Liberty, by John Witte Jr.
7. India: The Politics of Religious Reform and Conflict, by Pratap Bhanu Mehta
8. Reason and Revelation in Islamic Political Ethics, by Abdulaziz Sachedina
9. Islam, Constitutionalism, and Liberal Democracy, by Sohail H. Hashmi
10. The Identity of the Christian Democratic Movement and Theory of Democracy, by Roberto Papini
11. Concluding Thoughts, by John M. Owen IV and J. Judd Owen
Contributors
Index

About the Author

John M. Owen IV is associate professor of politics and faculty fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. He is author of Liberal Peace, Liberal War and The Clash of Ideas in World Politics and lives with his wife and three children in Charlottesville, Virginia.

J. Judd Owen is associate professor of political science and a senior fellow at the center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He is the author of Religion and the Demise of Liberal Rationalism and is finishing a book on the Enlightenment's project of religious transformation. He lives with his wife and two children in Decatur, Georgia.