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Authors: Emanuel L. Paparella (Barry University, Miami Shore, FL, USA) 
Book Description:
This proposed book consists of 18 essays written over four years (2014-2017) on the theme of the historical nexus between religion and politics. It takes a sweeping panoramic cultural and anthropological view on the theme that is in some way connected to the following philosophical dialectical conundrums: myth/history, poetical/scientific, political/transcendent, freedom/determinism, ideological/historical, power/justice, law/love, grand narrative/positivistic approach, hermeneutics, transcendent/immanence, secular/religious, liberal/fascist, freedom/human rights, revelation/positivism, democracy/political corruption, moral compass/power, guilt/honor, democracy/truth, ethical tradition/historical tradition, secular/religious humanism, public/private spirituality, spiritual identity/political identity. All of these subthemes are alluded to in the titles of the chapters and then philosophically explored. The chapters also venture into uncharted territory. From the very beginning, they often challenge taken-for-granted assumptions about history, progress, science, the secular and the sacred. The goal is not so much to solve those perennial philosophical conundrums, but to point to their relevancy for an effective handle on various contemporary existential predicaments in politics, in environmental science, and in spirituality. The target audience includes the educated layman of a philosophical bend, but it also includes those readers that follow contemporary trends in ethics, spirituality and politics. (Nova)

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1. Is There a Place for Public Religious Expression in a Secular Polity?

Chapter 2. Free Speech, Historical Accuracy and Anti-Catholic Bias in the Enlightened 21st Century

Chapter 3. Revisiting the Issue of the European Unionís Cultural Identity

Chapter 4. Do Revolutions Give Rise to Religious Fanaticism?

Chapter 5. On Greece, Democracy, Greek-Russian Orthodoxy and Putin

Chapter 6. The Medieval Monasteries as Precursors of the Western Cultural Identity

Chapter 7. Is the Transcendence of Religion Essential for Proper Cultural Identity?

Chapter 8. History as an Instrument of Policy: Are There Two Different Post-World War II European Grand Narratives?

Chapter 9. The Spiritual Values of the EUís Founding Fathers

Chapter 10. Is Western Civilization Doomed? A Review Essay

Chapter 11. Sundry Reflections on the Politics of Religion

Chapter 12. Musings on Nihilism, Atheism, Existentialism, Terrorism and Faith

Chapter 13. Selective Grief and Outrage: Ideology, Religion and Political Hypocrisy

Chapter 14. The Consequences of Inappropriately Mixing Religion and Politics

Chapter 15. Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing? Philosophical Reflections on Atheism and the Interface of Science and Religion

Chapter 16. Ruminations on Western Humanism: Secular vs. Religious, or Are They Complementary?

Chapter 17. Western Identity and Pagan Mythology

Chapter 18. Christianity as Law vs. Christianity as Love

Chapter 19. Is Northern Europe Still the Bastion of Liberal Democracy?

Chapter 20. Irshad Manji on Faith, Freedom, Human Rights and Love

Chapter 21. Some Distinctions in Christian and Secular Humanism

Chapter 22. An Imaginary Conversation on Myth, Reason and Religion between Plato and Joseph Campbell at an Athensí Cafť

Chapter 23. The Immigrant ďOtherĒ in US and EU Politico-Religious Experiences: A Comparative Perspective

Chapter 24. Eight Scholarsí Views (Dante, Husserl, Levinas, Dawson, Weiler, Habermas, Eisenstadt and Troeltsch) on the Loss of European Spiritual Identity

Chapter 25. The Corruption of Religion: Russiaís Military-Ecclesiastical Complex

Chapter 26. Corruption and the Self-Destruction of Democracy

Chapter 27. Pope Francisís Urgent Warning on the Dangers of Populism

Chapter 28. White Supremacy in the White House Rooted in a Dark Theory of History

Chapter 29. Power Without Moral Compass: Caligula, Trump, Pius XIII and Machiavelli

Chapter 30. The Search for the Self: Honor and Guilt in Western Civilization

Chapter 31. A New World Order: The End of Pax Americana and Putinís Enigmatic New Russianness

Chapter 32. Democracy: The Missing Ingredient in the Bannon/Dugin Concept of Eurasianism

Chapter 33. The Stubborn Facts of Eurocentrism

Chapter 34. The Nightmare of Modern Democracy in the Age of Alternate Facts, or the Sickness Unto Death

Chapter 35. Pope Francisís Critique of Bannonís Views on Christianity

Chapter 36. Darkness at Twilight: The Devilís Bargain in American Politics?

   Series:
      Religion and Society
   Binding: Softcover
   Pub. Date: 2017 - 4th quarter
   ISBN: 978-1-53612-871-0
   Status: AN
  
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AN Announcing
FM Formatting
PP Page Proofs
FP Final Production
EP Editorial Production
PR At Prepress
AP At Press
AV Available
  
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