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Religious Engagement and the Migration Issue: Towards Reconciling Political and Moral Duty

Institute of Political Science and Administration, University of Opole, Katowicka 89, 45-061 Opole, Poland
Religions 2020, 11(5), 236; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11050236
Received: 31 March 2020 / Revised: 6 May 2020 / Accepted: 7 May 2020 / Published: 11 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Peace, Politics, and Religion)
The increasingly acknowledged post-secular perspective has resulted in the emergence of some new approaches theorizing this phenomenon. One such approach has been the concept of religious engagement, which calls for the redefinition of the perception of religious non-state actors towards including them as important partners in the process of identifying and realizing political goals. According to this view, due to the multidimensional role played by religious communities and non-state religious actors, they need to be recognized as pivotal in creating a new form of knowledge generated through encounter and dialogue of the political decision-makers with these subjects. Among numerous others, the challenge of migration calls for enhanced debate referring to both political and ethical issues. When such a perspective is applied, the question is raised of the duties and limits of nation-states using more or less harsh political measures towards refugees and migrants based on the concept of security, but also short-term political goals. In the face of a state’s lack of will or capacity to deal with the problem of migration, the question of religion serving not only as the service-provider but also as the “trend-setter” with regard to fundamental ethical questions needs to be considered. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious engagement; post-secularism; civil society; transformative approach; relational approach; duty dilemma; Humanitarian Corridors; Community of Sant’Egidio religious engagement; post-secularism; civil society; transformative approach; relational approach; duty dilemma; Humanitarian Corridors; Community of Sant’Egidio
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Kulska, J. Religious Engagement and the Migration Issue: Towards Reconciling Political and Moral Duty. Religions 2020, 11, 236.

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