A God of One's Own: Religion's Capacity for Peace and by Ulrich Beck

By Ulrich Beck

Faith posits one attribute as an absolute: religion. in comparison to religion, all different social differences and resources of clash are insignificant. the hot testomony says: ‘We are all equivalent within the sight of God'. to make certain, this equality applies purely to those that recognize God's life. What this suggests is that along the abolition of sophistication and state in the group of believers, faith introduces a brand new primary contrast into the area the excellence among the proper of believers and the incorrect sort. hence openly or tacitly, faith brings with it the demonization of believers in different faiths.

The relevant query that would make a decision the ongoing lifestyles of humanity is that this: How do we conceive of a kind of inter-religious tolerance during which loving one's neighbor doesn't mean warfare to the demise, a kind of tolerance whose objective isn't fact yet peace?

Is what we're experiencing at this time a regression of monotheistic faith to a polytheism of the non secular spirit below the heading of ‘a God of one's own'? In Western societies, the place the autonomy of the person has been internalized, person people are likely to think more and more at liberty to inform themselves little religion tales that healthy their very own lives to nominate ‘Gods in their own'. even though, this God of
their personal isn't any longer the only and in simple terms God who presides over salvation by way of seizing keep watch over of heritage and empowering his fans to be illiberal and use bare force.

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In fact, at present we are witnessing one of the strongest phases in the expansion of Christianity in its entire history. The Return of the Gods 23 Astonishingly, many commentators (Samuel Huntington, for example) observe the demographic trend only in connection with the global development of Islam, but not with that of Christianity. And yet many of the fastest-growing nations are either entirely or strongly Christian in orientation. We need think only of Brazil, Uganda or the Philippines, where the population has almost doubled since 1974.

In Germany churches receive about 70 per cent of their funds from the proceeds of a church tax amounting to around 9 per cent of income tax paid, which is deducted by employers from their employees’ wage packets. It is possible to gain exemption by claiming that one does not belong to a religious community. For their part, since the state charges for collection, small religious organizations may prefer to opt out of the system and collect money directly from members of the community. )] The Return of the Gods 33 Europe is perhaps less surprising.

The ‘fi rst language’ that our subjects speak is by and large one of profound individualism. . Community – though a buzzword in our interviews, a felt need, even a real hunger for some – is a ‘second language,’ subordinate to the fi rst. . The more committed and active among our sample told us repeatedly that they decide week by week, year by 30 The Return of the Gods year, which rituals they will observe and how they will observe them. . The ‘sacred canopy’ (Peter Berger’s famous term) no longer overarches existence, and so the demand to choose and rechoose identity (which Berger called the ‘heretical imperative’) is inescapable.

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