Die neun Weltreligionen: Was sie eint, was sie trennt

Diederichs Verlag
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Glauben die Frommen dieser Welt letztlich an den gleichen Gott? Ja, sagt der Zeitgeist. Nein, widerspricht der amerikanische Religionswissenschaftler und Bestsellerautor Stephen Prothero. Die Weltreligionen markieren Wege zu verschiedenen Gipfeln. Ihre Mythen, Rituale und Gebote prägen nicht nur besondere Glaubenswelten, sondern auch Lebensordnungen. Wo sich die Wege kreuzen, können noch immer blutige Konflikte entstehen.

Umso wichtiger, die neun größten Religionen unserer Zeit von innen heraus zu verstehen: Islam (Weg der Demut), Christentum (Weg der Erlösung), Konfuzianismus (Weg der Schicklichkeit), Hinduismus (Weg der Verehrung), Buddhismus (Weg des Erwachens), Judentum (Weg des Exils und der Heimkehr), Daoismus (Weg des Wachstums), Yoruba (Weg der Magie) und Atheismus (Weg der Beweise und Begründungen). Ein Standardwerk und zugleich ein Schlüssel zum Verständnis der Glaubenskriege unserer Zeit.

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Stephen Prothero lehrt Religionswissenschaft an der Boston University und schreibt u.a. für die New York Times, die Washington Post, Wall Street Journal und Newsweek.

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Sep 8, 2011
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In this timely, carefully reasoned social history of the United States, the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One places today’s heated culture wars within the context of a centuries-long struggle of right versus left and religious versus secular to reveal how, ultimately, liberals always win.

Though they may seem to be dividing the country irreparably, today’s heated cultural and political battles between right and left, Progressives and Tea Party, religious and secular are far from unprecedented. In this engaging and important work, Stephen Prothero reframes the current debate, viewing it as the latest in a number of flashpoints that have shaped our national identity. Prothero takes us on a lively tour through time, bringing into focus the election of 1800, which pitted Calvinists and Federalists against Jeffersonians and “infidels;” the Protestants’ campaign against Catholics in the mid-nineteenth century; the anti-Mormon crusade of the Victorian era; the fundamentalist-modernist debates of the 1920s; the culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s; and the current crusade against Islam.

As Prothero makes clear, our culture wars have always been religious wars, progressing through the same stages of conservative reaction to liberal victory that eventually benefit all Americans. Drawing on his impressive depth of knowledge and detailed research, he explains how competing religious beliefs have continually molded our political, economic, and sociological discourse and reveals how the conflicts which separate us today, like those that came before, are actually the byproduct of our struggle to come to terms with inclusiveness and ideals of “Americanness.” To explore these battles, he reminds us, is to look into the soul of America—and perhaps find essential answers to the questions that beset us.

The United States has long been described as a nation of immigrants, but it is also a nation of religions in which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists live and work side by side. This book explores that nation of religions, focusing on how four recently arrived religious communities--Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs--are shaping and, in turn, shaped by American values.

For a generation, scholars have been documenting how the landmark legislation that loosened immigration restrictions in 1965 catalyzed the development of the United States as "a nation of Buddhists, Confucianists, and Taoists, as well as Christians," as Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark put it. The contributors to this volume take U.S. religious diversity not as a proposition to be proved but as the truism it has become. Essays address not whether the United States is a Christian or a multireligious nation--clearly, it is both--but how religious diversity is changing the public values, rites, and institutions of the nation and how those values, rites, and institutions are affecting religions centuries old yet relatively new in America. This conversation makes an important contribution to the intensifying public debate about the appropriate role of religion in American politics and society.

Ihsan Bagby, University of Kentucky
Courtney Bender, Columbia University
Stephen Dawson, Forest, Virginia
David Franz, University of Virginia
Hien Duc Do, San Jose State University
James Davison Hunter, University of Virginia
Prema A. Kurien, Syracuse University
Gurinder Singh Mann, University of California, Santa Barbara
Vasudha Narayanan, University of Florida
Stephen Prothero, Boston University
Omid Safi, Colgate University
Jennifer Snow, Pasadena, California
Robert A. F. Thurman, Columbia University
R. Stephen Warner, University of Illinois at Chicago
Duncan Ryuken Williams, University of California, Berkeley

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