Special Issue "The Public Role of Religion"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 January 2018).
Interests: sociology of religion; popular religiosity; religious symbols; qualitative analysis of religion
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Interests: sociology of religion; epistemology of religious studies; science-religion interaction, churches and urban violence
Religion and religiosity play prominent roles in civil society—shaping norms, values, and behaviors in private and public life. But religion and religiosity function in various ways as they influence all spheres of life, from private to public life, from family to economy, from information to politics and so on, nevertheless, its features are changing.
It is not by chance that a new broad spectrum of sociological research is emerging, both quantitative and qualitative, which is able to analyse and measure the real impact of the new dynamics.
- The focus will be the co-presence of secular and religious world-views; religious movements; religious pluralism, secular movements; secular citizens that recognize the rights of other citizens to their religious conceptions of the world, within the public sphere; various visions of the sacred. An added topic will be the role of the Social Sciences and the Religious Studies in the intermediation between religious views and the universal public policies. How the specific production of these areas are affecting the perspective of religion by public agents?
- The scope will be to analyse the public role of religion and religions, or rather, how the public dimension itself becomes the most relevant arena where ideas and ways of conducting investigations ought to converge. Adequate, scientifically balanced knowledge is the foreseen outcome, however, of the application of some kind of methodological expedient, one availing of epoché, that is, suspension of judgement and acquisition of such knowledge as to enable to express oneself concerning the question.
- The specific purpose of this issue is to verify if, in the face of pluralism, it is not neutrality but impartiality that is required, above all in the field of ethics and the law, where the power of the state must be exerted regardless of who the object of its legislative or punitive interventions may be.
- It is a kind of updating of existing literature, with some new issues afforded.
Prof. Dr. Roberto Cipriani
Prof. Dr. Orivaldo Lopes, jr
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- public space
- religious movements
- human rights
- religious minorities