Religions and social progress: critical assessments and creative partnerships
Ammerman, Nancy T.
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Citation (published version)NT Ammerman, Grace Davie. "Religions and Social Progress: Critical Assessments and Creative Partnerships." Rethinking Society for the 21st Century: Report of the International Panel for Social Progress. Cambridge University Press.
This chapter starts from the premise that some 80 percent of the world’s population affirms some kind of religious identification, a percentage that is growing rather than declining. Emphasizing the significance of belief and practice in everyday lives and local contexts, we analyze the impact of religion and its relevance to social progress in a wide variety of fields: family, gender, and sexuality; diversity and democracy; conflict and peace; everyday wellbeing; and care for the earth. We also identify a series of cross-cutting themes that establish a foundation for policy-making.
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