Religion And Globalization

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Summer 2009

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Review Of Faith And International Affairs


There are three paradigms regarding the role of religion in the globalization process: the modernist, the post-modernist, and the pre-modernist. In the past two decades, secularization has been accelerated and accentuated by globalization. The United States has promoted globalization and the American Creed of individualism. Expressive individualism—with its contempt for and protest against all hierarchies, communities, traditions, and customs—represents the logical conclusion and the ultimate extreme of the secularization of the Protestant religion. Yet the American Creed has generated resentment and resistance in societies whose religious traditions are different from the Christianity of the West.

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