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Foreign Policy Edición Española - Spain | 18/09/2006

Religion gains political terrain

The Spanish magazine offers a commentary (published by other newspapers before) in which American researchers Timothy Samuel Shah and Monica Duffy Toft analyse the increasing weight of religion in the world. "Global politics is increasingly marked by what could be called 'prophetic politics'. Voices claiming transcendent authority are filling public spaces and winning key political contests. ... The spread of democracy, far from checking the power of militant religious activists, will probably only enhance the reach of prophetic political movements, many of which will emerge from democratic processes more organized, more popular and more legitimate than before – but quite possibly no less violent. Democracy is giving the world's peoples their voice, and they want to talk about God."

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