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Joseph K Kosek

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300203516

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300203516.001.0001

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Global Religion, Global Politics

Global Religion, Global Politics

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American Religion, American Politics
Joseph Kip Kosek
Yale University Press

The concerns that appear throughout this book continue to resonate in the twenty-first century. For instance, courts and legislatures struggle to define the First Amendment's protection of the “free exercise of religion”; and Americans continue to look to their faith traditions for guidance on thorny conundrums of war, race, and sexuality. Two newly prevalent issues have emphasized the global dimensions of these themes. One is the role of Islam in American religion and politics. Another new area of focus is on ecology and the environment. This chapter presents the following documents: George W. Bush's “Freedom at War with Fear” (2001), Ingrid Mattson's “American Muslims Have a ‘Special Obligation’” (2001), Sam Harris' The End of Faith (2004), and Wendell Berry's “Faustian Economics” (2008).

Keywords:   George W. Bush, Ingrid Mattson, Sam Harris, Wendell Berry, Islam, American religion, ecology, environment

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