The LSE Religion and Global Society interdisciplinary blog seeks to explore the place and role of religion in our globalised world. Posts on this blog demonstrate the ways in which an understanding and awareness of religion is of practical benefit, as well as the ways in which religion can either inspire or hinder positive change.
This is a blog about religion and global society, not simply a blog about religion. There is great diversity of religious belief across the world, and this needs to be recognised and explored if we are to truly understand current affairs and the difficulties and opportunities of the 21st century. The goal of this project is to promote a vibrant, respectful debate which challenges our preconceptions of religion, or other religions, and encourages us to instead seek common ground.
At the same time, we must discuss the appropriate limit of religion. The Western secular model, though not homogenous, largely consigns overt religious claims and activity to the private sphere. In other parts of the world the line between religion and politics, and religion and public life, is far more blurred. Within and across cultures, inevitable tensions arise. This is a place for debating these issues.
The global society exists because of modern transportation and communication – we are now able to travel to different countries and communicate with people in other parts of the world. The global society can also be lived and experienced in our towns and cities – large-scale migration since the nineteenth century has produced diverse urban communities with local, national and international connections.
The Religion and Global Society blog is a platform for academics and other expert commentators to share their insights on this complex, wide-reaching topic. As the LSE’s mission is ‘to know the causes of things’, the work of each LSE department must, at some stage, meet with the reality of religion. This blog therefore presents the latest work of LSE academics whose work touches on religion. We also warmly invite those outside of the School to write for the blog and to widen the discussion, particularly academics, politicians, journalists, charity workers and faith and community leaders.
We seek to host writers of very different views and backgrounds. We hope to support a richer conversation, not consensus or conformity.
LSE Religion and Global Society also hosts the LSE Religion Scholars Network, an interdisciplinary group of LSE PhD students and early-career researchers working on a broad range of topics related to the social and political scientific study of religion.
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