The relations between religion and politics in the contemporary Western world: The impact of secularization, postmodernization and peoples' basic value orientations

Pettersson, T.
Religion can be related to politics in a number of ways. For instance, religion has been found to legitimate regimes, to divert social grievances into other-worldly concerns, to yield support for social moments, and to provide understandings of justice which have given rise to social change (Williams 1996: 368). To search for cross-cultural explanations for all of these different relationships is a complex task. There are different dimensions and/or levels of the religious and political systems to consider, and different contexts in time and space to take into account (Jelen & Wilcox 2002a, 2002b). Thus, the many relationships between religion and politics may depend on both the contents and levels of the various religious and political systems, and their different socio-cultural contexts...

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