Religion and Development : Ways of Transforming the World Paperback / softback
Edited by Gerrie Ter Haar
Until recently, policy-makers and academics generally saw religion as something that would disappear as countries made economic progress.
But we now know that this rarely happens in fact. People in most countries continue to look at the world through the prism of religion even when they develop modern lifestyles.
Religion and Development looks at the ways in which a religious worldview influences processes of development.
Its great originality is that it does not concentrate primarily on religious institutions and organisations but on religious ideas themselves.
In the final resort, it is people's ideas that motivate them.
Their worldview stimulates them to act in specific ways.
Religion is a dimension of life that often lies behind qualities such as social trust and cohesion that are vital to development.
This is of growing importance in a world where technocratic visions of development have lost their way.
For communities where religious belief is accepted as a fact of everyday life, religion constitutes a major resource.
It can be employed by people who want to destroy society as well as those who want to build it.
The contributors to this book explore how religious resources can be harnessed for development.
Many of the world's people believe that the material advancement of both individuals and communities is inseparable from their spiritual improvement.
The essays in this volume take this point of view seriously.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/07/2011
- Category: Development studies
- ISBN: 9781849041409