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Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue

Religion, Authority, and the State

From Constantine to the Contemporary World

Editors: Lefebure, Leo D (Ed.)

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  • Contributes to a robust discussion about religion and state in modern countries 
  • Offers a diverse range of global perspectives on both current and historical conflicts and discussions surrounding religion-state relationships
  • Includes a foreword from His Holiness, the Orthodox Patriarch of Serbia Irinej
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In commemoration of Constantine’s grant of freedom of religion to Christians, this wide-ranging volume examines the ambiguous legacy of this emperor in relation to the present world, discussing the perennial challenges of relations between religions and governments. The authors examine the new global ecumenical movement inspired by Pentecostals, the role of religion in the Irish Easter rebellion against the British, and the relation between religious freedom and government in the United States. Other essays debate the relation of Islam to the violence in Nigeria, the place of the family in church-state relations in the Philippines, the role of confessional identity in the political struggles in the Balkans, and the construction of Slavophile identity in nineteenth-century Russian Orthodox political theology. The volume also investigates the contrast between written constitutions and actual practice in the relations between governments and religions in Australia, Indonesia, and Egypt.  The case studies and surveys illuminate both specific contexts and also widespread currents in religion-state relations across the world.  

About the authors

Leo D. Lefebure is Matteo Ricci, S.J., Professor of Theology at Georgetown University, USA. He is the author of True and Holy: Christian Scripture and Other Religions and the co-author of The Path of Wisdom: A Christian Commentary on the Dhamma.   

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“In this volume, the authors remember Constantines legacy, and how religious freedom in some places and the lack of it in others have  been affected by that legacy. … This book was a very detailed and interesting read on religion throughout the world. It was informative and detailed.” (Justin Dilliplane, Resolved for Christ, resolvedfc.blogspot.de, January, 2018)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Specters of a New Ecumenism: In Search of a Church “Out of Joint”

    Pages 3-32

    Irvin, Dale T.

  • Religion and the State: Contexts, Controversies, and Conjectures in Australia, Indonesia, and Egypt

    Pages 33-52

    Madigan, Patricia

  • A Postcolonial Theological Reading of the Philippines: Church-State Relation and a Familia Dei Response

    Pages 55-73

    Bazzell, Pascal D.

  • Diagnosing the Politics of Christian-Muslim Conflicts in the West African Sub-Region: Going beyond the Western Paradigm

    Pages 75-99

    Ifeme, Chukwumamkpam Vincent

  • Islamic Extremism in West Africa: A Historical and Theological Analysis of the Crisis of Religious Brigandage in Islam

    Pages 101-120

    Okafor, Ikenna

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Religion, Authority, and the State
Book Subtitle
From Constantine to the Contemporary World
Editors
  • Leo D Lefebure
Series Title
Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59990-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59990-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59989-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95602-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 250
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