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Chakravarth Ram-Prasad, Janne Haaland Matláry etc

Religion : in the past, the present day and the future

The belief in a governing, universal, celestial principle has followed us through human history. More than 80 percent of the world's population has a religious affiliation and even in secular states, religion continues to play an important role. Politics and international relations today cannot be understood without accounting for the element of religion in cultural contexts.The essays in this book derive from the Engelsberg Seminar of 2014, and investigate the role which religion plays in society today and in the past. They also explore religion as a phenomenon in relation to the human condition and how it manifests itself as an individual experience. In order to understand ourselves, do we need to understand religion?

  • ISBN: 9789189069367
  • Published: 2020-10-05
  • Illustrated. 178x249x37 mm. 414 pages.


Kurt Almqvist is CEO at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit.


A.N. Wilson is a columnist and writer known for his critical biographies, novels and works of popular history.

Adrian Wooldridge is The Economist’s political editor and writes the Bagehot column.

Ariel Glucklich is Professor of Theology at Georgetown University, specialising in Hinduism and the Psychology of Religion.

Armin W. Geertz is Emeritus Professor in the History of Religions at the Department of the Study of Religion, Aarhus University.

Benedetta Berti is a policy adviser and consultant.

Candida R. Moss is an English New Testament scholar and historian of Christianity, and is the Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham.

Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad is fellow of the British Academy, and Distinguished Professor of Comparative Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University.

Daniel T. Potts is Professor of Ancient Near-Eastern Archaeology and History at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University.

Diarmaid MacCulloch is a fellow of St Cross College and of Campion Hall, and Emeritus Professor of the History of the Church, at the University of Oxford.

Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University.

Esther Benbassa is founder and director of the Alberto Benveniste Centre, devoted to the study of Sephardi culture and to the comparative history of minorities.

Gary Lachman is an adjunct professor of transformative studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Göran Rosenberg is a Swedish writer and journalist.

Harvey Whitehouse is chair of social anthropology, director of the Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion and professorial fellow of Magdalen College at the University of Oxford.

Janne Haaland Matláry is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Command and Staff College.

Jayne Svenungsson is Professor of Systematic Theology at Lund University. She was honorary research fellow at the University of Glasgow in 2008 and visiting fellow at St Benet’s Hall, Oxford in 2014.

Jessica Frazier is a lecturer at Oxford University and the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

John Scheid was the chair of Religion, Institutions and Society of Ancient Rome at the Collège de France, Paris from 2001 to 2016, where he was also vice chairman from 2012 to 2015.

Julius J. Lipner is Emeritus Professor of Hinduism and the Comparative Study of Religion at the University of Cambridge, where he taught Indian religion for nearly forty years, until retirement in 2014.

Malise Ruthven is a former scriptwriter for the BBC World Service.

Marco Pasi is the director of the Centre for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam.

Martin Goodman is Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford, where he is a fellow of Wolfson College and lecturer in Roman history at Christ Church.

Mona Siddiqui is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Pär Stenbäck was elected chairman of the Swedish People’s Party (of Finland) in 1977 and has since then been Minister of Education and Foreign Minister in the Finnish government.

Reza Aslan is an internationally renowned writer, commentator, professor, producer and scholar of religions.

Richard Miles is Professor of Roman History and Archaeology and Vice Provost at the University of Sydney.
Robin Osborne is a historian of classical antiquity, who is particularly interested in Ancient Greece.

Simon May is Visiting Professor of Philosophy at King’s College London.

Wolfgang Palaver is Professor of Catholic Social Thought in the Department of Systematic Theology at the University of Innsbruck.

Wouter J. Hanegraaff is Professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam and a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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