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11: The impact of religions on societies

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Ever increasing religious diversity has become one of the most significant changes in the contemporary world. This bewildering variety of beliefs, practices, and organizations challenge our assumptions about how religion is or should be lived, believed, and practiced. Moreover, it has range of consequences – both intended and unintended – for the individual, society, and globally in terms of daily interactions, social cohesion, and a potential for local and international conflicts. However, some argue that these changes can also contribute to individual spiritual enrichment and social development. This seminar provides an opportunity to get an insight into how social scientists approach the challenging issues through empirical research and theoretical analysis. It also invites participants to contribute their own observations, thoughts and questions about the role and place of religion in the contemporary world.

1. Introduction: Religious Diversity in the Contemporary World
2. Religion, Secularisation, and De-secularisation. Is religion losing its social significance?
3. Religion and Globalisation. Global socio-economic and cultural forces and local religious expressions.
4. Religion, Conflict and Violence in the Contemporary World.
5. Religious Diversity, Pluralism, and Human Rights in contemporary Western societies.
6. Religion, Values and Civil Society. How can religion contribute to development and social harmony?

Professor, Department of Religion, Rutgers University; Senior Research Fellow, Center on Terrorism, Jolm Jay College, New York
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of Sociology of Religion, School of Arts and Humanities, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London

Psy.D. Ph.D. Th.D. James W. JONES

Professor, Department of Religion, Rutgers University; Senior Research Fellow, Center on Terrorism, Jolm Jay College, New York

Instructor, Department of Religious Studies, Brown University, Providence Instructor, Department of Religion, Macalester College, St. Paul Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Rutgers University Associate Professor, Department of Religion, Rutgers University Associate member, Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University Professor, Department of Religion, Rutgers University Lecturer in Psychiatry and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York Adjunct Professor of Medical Humanities, Drew University, Madison Visiting Professor of Psychology and Religion, Drew University, Madison Visiting Professor, University of Uppsala
1968-1969
1970-1971
1971-1975
1975-1990
since 1985
since 1990
since 1999
since 1999
2000-2001
since 2001

Ph.D. Marat SHTERIN

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of Sociology of Religion, School of Arts and Humanities, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London

Executive Director, Interncentre, Moscow School of Social Science Head, Department of Religion, State Library for Foreign Literature, Moscow Doctoral Dissertation, LSE - London School of Economics and Political Science Research Fellow, LSE - London School of Economics and Political Science
1990-1994
1994-1996
1996-2000
2001-2005

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