tisdag, februari 07, 2012

Kan religionen rädda politiken?

“… before we can begin to think about the normative or on-going relationship between religion and postsecular politics we need to re-create the possibility of a genuine politics. A key, if not the key catalyst for this is institutional religion. This is because religions, particularly those with formal institutional structures, are one of the few means of mobilizing people for common, public action; they present a contradiction to the attempt to over-come, move beyond or avid politics through either the market or management; they keep alive ultimate questions about what it means to be human and what the good life consists of in such a way as to re-open the need for political deliberation about what we value and why we value it; and finally, religions are the bearers of moral notions of the person and the good society and traditions of practice that enable resistance to process of commodification and instrumentalization. Religious groups thereby uphold the possibility of democratic citizenship which is itself premised on the idea that the state and the market have limits and that persons are not commodities but have infinite value."

Luke Bretherton. Religion and the Salvation of Urban Politics in Arie Molendijk, Justin Beaumont, and Christoph Jedan, Exploring the Postsecular: The Religious, the Political, and the Urban (Brill Academic Pub, 2010), 220.

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