Religion and Public Opinion on Security: A Comparative Perspective

Authored by: James L. Guth

THE ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF RELIGION AND SECURITY

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415667449
eBook ISBN: 9780203102312
Adobe ISBN: 9781136239328

10.4324/9780203102312.ch16

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Abstract

As Eva Bellin (2008) has observed, the literature on the role of religion and religious institutions in international affairs was once rather thin but has grown rapidly in recent years. Numerous studies consider religion as a cause of social conflict and war, a resource in conflict resolution, and a shaper of international norms. This work is largely historical, institutional, or idiographic in approach, but quantitative studies are increasingly possible, especially as comparative polls, such as the Pew Global Attitudes Survey, Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures surveys, the World Values Survey, and others, become available.

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