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The Sound of War Drums: Political Theology and the Return of Religion

  • Peter Lehr
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Abstract

The chapter sets the scene for the following discussions by offering a general debate around the question why religion in the shape of highly politicized variants of basically all major creeds has made such a comeback at the end of the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first centuries after already having been dismissed with the Nietzschean assertion that ‘God is dead, God remains dead, and we have killed him.’ Key concepts such as ‘religion,’ ‘violence,’ and ‘holy wars’ will be defined here, and Theravāda Buddhism as a socio-political force will be discussed.

Keywords

Religion Politics Secularism Paradigm shift Violence Holy wars Theravāda 

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  • Peter Lehr
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  1. 1.School of International RelationsUniversity of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK

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