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- Volume 6, Issue 1_2, 2013
International Journal for Religious Freedom - Volume 6, Issue 1_2, 2013
Volume 6, Issue 1_2, 2013
The Routledge handbook of religion and security, Chris Seiple, Dennis R. Hoover & Pauletta Otis (Eds.) : book reviewAuthor Oladosu Olusegun AdeboluSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 6, pp 244 –245 (2013)More Less
The book is divided into three sections. In part one, nine religious traditions such as Judaism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Shi'a Islam, Sunni Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism were reviewed. In these chapters there is the point that the term 'security' is ambiguous and could not fall in line with religious strategy. Other discussions identify efforts of the Catholic Church in peace missions as it assists security worldwide. The passage shows that Protestantism's diversity and dynamism in relationship to security is difficult to assess because the religious tradition so heavily influenced the development of the contemporary world order. A line of demarcation can be seen here. A sharp difference in faith practices between Shi'a Islam and the adherents of Sunni Islam in regard to terrorist action is also identified.
The Young Turk legacy and nation building: From the Ottoman Empire to Atatürk's Turkey, Erik J. Zürcher : book reviewAuthor Wolfgang HaedeSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 6, pp 245 –246 (2013)More Less
Erik-Jan Zürcher is a Dutch Professor of Turkish Studies at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. His special interest is in the years from 1880 to 1950 with the transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic. Zürcher's "Turkey - A Modern History" (1st ed. 2004) is one of the standard works about the recent past of today's Turkey.
The Ethics of Evangelism: A philosophical defence of proselytizing and persuasion, Elmer John Thiessen : book reviewSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 6, pp 247 –248 (2013)More Less
In a multi-cultural world evangelism is often under attack, with those seeking to evangelise sometimes being branded arrogant, ignorant, hypocritical and meddlesome. Against such a backdrop this unique book asks what sort of evangelism is ethical in a liberal, post-Christian society. Thiessen discusses the immoral practices and attitudes that are sometimes associated with evangelism and then turns his insightful attention to a better way of approaching the subject. Should we try to bring people to Christ or not? He engages in a timely, relevant cultural debate about religion in public and social life. He examines cultural and intellectual objections to evangelism accurately and fairly and provides a thorough philosophical defense for public Christian practice. But the book is no lobbyism. It contains a lot of self criticism and takes it seriously, that unethical evangelism is plain wrong.
Author Paul MurdochSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 6, pp 248 –249 (2013)More Less
Fortunately, the plight of persecuted Christians in many countries worldwide has finally become recognized as a tragic fact in the world of German academics. Whereas Christians in contact with the fellow believers around the world have been painfully aware of the sufferings millions of Christians are subjected to in certain countries and geographical areas, most of the established churches and theological faculties have either ignored or not recognized the problem. Since 1999 the Religious Liberty Commission of the German Evangelical Alliance has been publishing both items of news interest as well as scholarly research on the subject in the German language, and making a broader public more aware of the suffering so many Christians have to bear.
Author Michael P. JensenSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 6, pp 249 –250 (2013)More Less
Jolyon Mitchell's addition to the Very Short Introductions series is a surprisingly comprehensive primer to the topic of martyrdom. The perspective that Mitchell takes, as is common these days, is not specific to one religious tradition. Rather, he traces the phenomena of martyrdom in different faiths and across history. Mitchell's stated goal is not to provide a particular theology or philosophy of martyrdom, but rather to 'draw on a wide range of examples to raise questions about martyrdom and to illuminate the different origins, kinds and uses of martyrdom' (p. 4). Mitchell certainly fulfills that aim, but this means that his book is largely descriptive on the one hand, and teasingly provocative on the other without ever really resolving anything.
Racism: With an essay on caste in India, Thomas Schirrmacher (author), Richard Howell (contributor) : book reviewAuthor Moss NtlhaSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 6, pp 250 –251 (2013)More Less
The world's religions in figures: An introduction to international religious demography, Todd M. Johnson & Brian J. Grim : book reviewSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 6, pp 251 –253 (2013)More Less
This book is a comprehensive introduction to religious demography, both by way of method and by way of data and results. The first of the three sections offers an introduction to the discipline by describing the religious composition of the world in 1910 and 2010, by trying to rank religious diversity in countries, and by projecting of religious populations from 2010 to 2050. This section is of prime interest for those who want to study the major result, statistics and tables.