The Rights and Limits of Proselytism in the New Religious World Order
The chapter argues that globalization has propelled a new war for souls, particularly in former communist countries—a war to reclaim the traditional cultural and moral souls of these new societies, and a war to retain adherence and adherents to indigenous faiths. This competition has a strategic, social, and economic dimension, but also an irreducible theological aspect. There is no legal basis or political imperative for the restriction of proselytism from sender countries, but transnational religious groups should recognize and respect anxieties in target countries, especially when they come in with superior material resources, and may be perceived as an extension of U.S. foreign policy.
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