The Intersection of Religion and Politics Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the relationship between politics and religion.
# 150648 | 1,665 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Mar 28, 2012 in Religion and Theology (General) , Political Science (General)

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The paper discussses the role of religion today and explores the intersection of politics and religion. The paper specifically examines the impact of churches in political life, the evolution of human rights and the impacts of religious conflicts.

Religion Today
Religion and Politics
Intersections of Politics and Religion

From the Paper:

"A central element in many religions is the church, or the place of gathering and worshiping. In many instances, the church has an ability to influence the lives and decisions of its members. It can send out messages that stimulate people to be kinder, give more or even to protest against some features of the modern life, such as the women's right for abortion. Churches can as such intervene to influence their members in terms of politics as well. "Churches can be understood as institutions that shape their members' behavior. Specifically, different types of churches provide their members with varying behavioral incentives for participation in religious activity, which in turn have systematic implications for participation in political activity" (Campbell, 2004).
"At a general level, churches inspire their members to be more active and promote the civic spirits of fairness, liberty and justice. They also promote values such as nondiscrimination or protection of the loved ones. Also, an active political role is revealed by the growing numbers of churchgoers who exercise their voting rights. All these have a positive impact on politics in the meaning that they motivate churchgoers to become involved in the political life and promote these values for the development of a better society."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bruce, I., January 25, 2008, 72,000 American Casualties: Toll of War on Terror, The Herald (Scotland Herald)
  • Campbell, D.E., 2004, Acts of Faith: Churches and Political Engagement, Political Behavior, Vol. 26, No. 2
  • Demerath, N.J., 2007, Introduction: Religion, Politics and the State, at Home and Abroad, Sociology of Religion, Vol. 68
  • Rieffer, B.A., 2006, Religion, Politics and Human Rights: Understanding the Role of Christianity in the Promotion of Human Rights, Human Rights and Human Welfare, Vol. 6
  • Taylor, C., 2000, Religion Today, Transit, Vol. 19, Institute for Human Sciences

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