Introduction to Buddhism and the political process: patterns of interaction

Harris, Ian (2016) Introduction to Buddhism and the political process: patterns of interaction. In: Kawanami, Hiroko, (ed.) Buddhism and the political process. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 1-10. Full text not available from this repository.

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Richard Niebuhr in his groundbreaking analysis, Christ and Culture (1951), of the possible relations between Christianity and wider society identifies a series of discrete points in a continuum generated through the interaction of Christian ideals and the putative imperfections of worldly existence. At one extreme, Niebuhr calls it Christ against culture, religion appears in the negative and antagonistic terms, most adequately represented by John the Baptist’s voice crying in the wilderness. At the opposite end of the spectrum in Christ of culture, we find forms of interaction in which religion has so fully imbibed the spirit of the times that it becomes almost impossible to disentangle it from its wider societal context. Between these extremes, three intermediate positions are identified, each of which expresses the author’s principal theological preoccupations.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781349847471
Departments: Academic Departments > Institute of Arts (IOA) > Humanities
Additional Information: Chapter 1 within book. Professor Ian Charles Harris (17.06.52-23.12.14) was Professor Emeritus at the University of Cumbria.
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Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2017 15:51
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