Religion, Politics, Science and Society: A progressive primer

RELIGION DENOTES A SPIRITUALLY elevated moral disposition. Yet, religious strife is a rising and disturbing feature of the present era. It is a world-wide phenomenon. Hardly a region or religion is exempt as Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists and atheists fight against perceived adversaries. Denominations of particular religions battle each other too. As sharp lines are drawn over key issues, room for reconciliation evaporates. National leaders enter the fray, adding fuel to the fire. Arms are taken up. Violence ensues and people suffer. What causes such confrontations? Are they purely faith based conflicts? Have they always existed? Can they be resolved and prevented? Can we reconcile religion with science, or are they to remain perpetual foes, thus promoting further social divisions? The belief that these questions are too critical to be left to experts—theologians, historians or sociologists—is what motivated me to write this book. The author does not write from the vantage point of a particular religion or as a specialist. He writes as a fairly informed humanist who fully respects the inalienable right of any person to practice the religion of his or her own choice. The goal is to explore the interrelationship between religion, politics and society by employing evidence and reason while avoiding bias towards any system of divine faith or the lack of it. He adds to the work of others, but does not present original research findings. Rather, he distills a broad range of existing historical and modern material in an interdisciplinary fashion. By combining usually dispersed material, his aim is to portray modern day religious conflicts in the context of other conflicts and tendencies in human society. This book presents an analysis of globally important religions and secular ways of thought that can provide a basis for people with different perspectives to engage with each other in a peaceful and hopefully productive manner.


Table of contents

  1. Acronyms
  2. Preface
  3. Religion
  4. Five Religions
  5. Method
  6. Origins
  7. Hinduism
  8. Buddhism
  9. Christianity
  10. Islam
  11. Humanism
  12. Eugenics
  13. Science
  14. Mathematics
  15. Pandemic
  16. Finale
  17. Chapter Sources
  18. References
  19. Author Profile
ISBN Print: 978-1-990263-12-5
ISBN eBook: 978-1-990263-21-7
Publication Date: November 2021
Page Count: 1000 (2, possibly 3 volumes)
Binding Type: Soft Cover
Trim Size: 6in x 9in
Language: English
Colour: B&W
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Karim F Hirji is a retired Professor of Medical Statistics and a Fellow of the Tanzania Academy of Sciences. A recognized authority on statistical analysis of small sample discrete data, the author of the only book on the subject, he…

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