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Blind SpotWhen Journalists Don't Get Religion$
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Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Roberta Green-Ahmanson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195374360

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374360.001.0001

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God Is Winning: Religion in Global Politics

God Is Winning: Religion in Global Politics

(p.11) 1 God Is Winning: Religion in Global Politics
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Timothy Samuel Shah

Monica Duffy Toft

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets the stage by giving an overview of the influence of religion on world politics in recent decades. It shows that world politics is increasingly marked by what could be called “prophetic politics” in which voices claiming transcendent authority are filling public spaces and winning key political contests. Some, like Al Qaeda, act through violence; others, like American evangelicals, act through elections; still others, like Hamas as well as some Indian Hindu revivalists, combine the two. But the overall trend is clear. Whether the field of battle is democratic elections or the more inchoate struggle for global public opinion, religious groups are increasingly competitive, putting secular movements on the defensive. The spread of democracy often enhances their reach. Democracy is giving the world’s peoples their voice, and many want to talk about God.

Keywords:   religion, world politics, democracy, Islam, Hinduism, evangelicals, public opinion

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