The Politics of Religion and the Religion of Politics: Looking at Israel

Lexington Books, 2000 - 161 pages
Prominent political theorist Ira Sharkansky looks at the intersection of religion and politics, using the case of Israel-where a chief rabbi officiates along with a prime minister-to examine how the two inform each other. Focusing more on similarities than differences, Sharkansky demonstrates that both religion and politics can justify their position on the moral high ground. Both are involved in shaping our values and standard of living; however, neither religion nor politics can claim a monopoly of virtue: Political demagogues have their religious equivalents in self-serving prophets and false messiahs, and politicians and religious leaders both may violate the morality that they preach. Sharkansky examines the place of intellectual certainty, doubt, charisma, and passion in both realms. He argues that Israel, among other Western democracies where politics and religion intersect, supports a successful fusion of the two.

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Religion and Politics Cannot Be Separated in the Holy Land or Elsewhere
Studying Religion and Its Relevance for Politics
Where Judaism Prevails
The Religious and Political Significance of the Promised Land
Conditions That Produced a Messiah or Yet Another Jewish View of Jesus Christ
Modern Jewish Wars between Old and New Religious Movements UltraOrthodox and the Orthodox versus the Conservative and Reform
Representing Judaism in Israel Religious Political Parties
Ambiguities in Religion Resemble Those in Politics One That Makes Promises for the World to Come and Another That Makes Promises for the Gov...
If Conditions Resemble Those That Produced a Messiah Why Are Religion and Politics Relatively Moderate?
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Ira Sharkansky is Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of many books on policy and politics in Israel and the United States, including Ancient and Modern Israel (1991), Governing Jerusalem (1996), Policy Making in Israel (1997), and Ambiguity, Coping, and Governance (1999).

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