Living Critically and Living Faithfully in the Global World of the Twenty-First Century

In: Christian Faith, Philosophy & International Relations


This article explores the possibilities for a more positive reception of religion and spirituality within the tradition of critical theory in IR. Religion plays a very important role especially in the global South and in many cases the struggle to ‘live faithfully’ amid the problems of world poverty, climate change, conflict and development cannot be separated from their struggle for justice and emancipation. A Eurocentric conception of religion, which places it in strong opposition to modernization, is still haunting IR. However, seen from the angle of the critical, ‘prophetic’ dimension of religion, there appears to be substantial common ground between critical theory and religion/spirituality and henceforth a more intense dialogue between critical theory and theology seems urgent, in light of the most important global issues in the study of IR in the 21st century.


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