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God and Global Order
The Power of Religion in American Foreign Policy

Edited by Jonathan Chaplin With Robert Joustra

God and Global Order
Paperback, 310 pages $39.95
Published: 1st August 2010
ISBN: 9781602582507
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Political Science, Faith & Foreign Affairs, Religion & Politics

Even though America was founded upon a belief that its mission was providentially ordained, its foreign policy decisions have failed to recognize the growing significance of religious faith as a global concern. With an eye on the turbulent century ahead, God and Global Order implores policy makers to recognize the power of faith to inform and enhance U.S. foreign policy. The contributors warn that ignoring the far-reaching role of faiths (those both religious and secular) and their influence upon international agendas could carry disastrous consequences—both for the U.S. and for the larger global order.

Introduction: Naming Religion Truthfully, Jonathan Chaplin with Robert Joustra

Part I: Taking Religion Seriously

Chapter 1: Reviving Religion in the History of American Foreign Relations, Andrew Preston (Cambridge University)

Chapter 2: Bringing Religion Back into Religious Freedom Policy, Thomas F. Farr (Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Georgetown University)

Chapter 3: Understanding Radical Islam, Paul Marshall (Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute)

Chapter 4: Three Zionisms in the Shaping of American Foreign Policy, James W. Skillen (Center for Public Justice)

Part II: Enlisting Religion Diplomatically

Chapter 5: American Religion and European Anti-Americanism, Thomas Albert Howard (Gordon College, Massachussetts)

Chapter 6: Getting Russia Right, John A. Bernbaum (Russian-American Christian University in Moscow)

Chapter 7: The Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention: Rethinking the Implications of Neighbor Love, J. Daryl Charles (Bryan College)

Chapter 8: Why U.S. Foreign Policy in Iraq Needs an Ethic of Political Reconciliation and How Religion Can Supply It, Daniel Philpott (University of Notre Dame)

Chapter 9: Response: Reading Religion Rightly—The “Clash of Rival Apostasies” amidst the Global Resurgence of Religion, Scott M. Thomas (University of Bath, U.K.)

Conclusion, Jonathan Chaplin with Robert Joustra

“Wonderful grist for academicians and practitioners alike. This book of thoughtful essays by world-class authors advances the field of religion and foreign policy on a number of important fronts.”

—Douglas M. Johnston, President, International Center for Religion & Diplomacy and Author of Faith-Based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik

"This eminent group of scholars probes what international relations might look like if we took religion seriously. From issues concerning humanitarian intervention to advancing the Israel-Palestine peace process, God and Global Order provides the necessary tools to help policy makers better navigate the world of pervasive religion. This is a tonic for what ails the field of international affairs."

—Allen Hertzke, author of Freeing God’s Children: The Unlikely Alliance for Global Human Rights

"A thoughtfully provoking overview working at the intersection of religion and realpolitik. This book will quickly become a must-read for anyone who takes faith and international affairs seriously."

—Chris Seiple, President, Institute for Global Engagement and Publisher of The Review of Faith & International Affairs

Jonathan Chaplin is Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, Tyndale House, Cambridge, U.K., and a member of the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University. He is editor or co-editor of five books and author of Talking God: The Legitimacy of Religious Public Reasoning (2009). 

Robert Joustra is on staff at the Canadian think-tank Cardus, where he was lead researcher on the project “Stained Glass Urbanism.” He is a part-time lecturer in International Relations at Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario, and regular contributor to the Cardus journal Comment.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 310 pages
 9in x 6in

  POL004000, POL011000
 Baylor University Press

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