Religion is set to be a major force in the twenty-first century. Here is a book that tells us what the world's leading scholars have to say about this. Issues of conflict and peace, ethical questions concerning the use of advanced technology, explanations of the global religious revival, and the role of women in religious leadership, as well as questions about how to study religion, are all discussed. It is a volume that ranges exceptionally widely, in terms of the themes discussed, the variety of disciplines, and the participation of international scholars debating with each other. One section of the book is devoted to Japanese scholarship concerning the world's major religions.
Gerrie ter Haar (Ph.D., Utrecht University, 1991) is Professor of Religion at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. She has published extensively on the religious traditions of Africa. Among her recent books is
Worlds of Power (Hurst & Co., 2004).
Yoshio Tsuruoka, (Ph.D., University of Tokyo, 2001) is Professor of Religion at the University of Tokyo. He is the author of
Dark Night and Ardent Love.
A study of John of the Cross (Sobunsha, Tokyo, 2000), and many articles on Christian mysticism.
Those interested in the role of religion in the contemporary world, including people working in religious studies and social science departments, political analysts and others with a professional concern.