Living in the Matrix

Wednesday, 07 Jan 2009

Our growing religious diversity, ironically, has unwittingly given support to those who wish to banish all religious ideas from the public square as being potentially divisive.
In 1996, Samuel Huntington's highly influential book The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of the World Order appeared. The old lines of conflict between Marxist ideology and Western, democratic capitalism, he argued, were receding. They were being replaced by a new and different set of tension points. These would not be ideological any longer but, rather, civilizational. Central to these conflicts would be religion. After the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Huntington's words seemed to have been eerily prescient. Islamic fanatics did indeed declare war on the &...

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