Political Religion Beyond Totalitarianism

The eleven innovative essays in this volume explore the notion that all forms of modern mass politics, including liberal democracies, need such a form of sacralization of politics to function.

Joost Augustijn, Patrick Dassen and Maartje Janse (Eds.)

01 January 2013

Palgrave Macmillan

It has long been established that an important element in the success of fascist and communist regimes was their ability to turn their political ideology into a type of religion. The eleven innovative essays in this volume explore the notion that all forms of modern mass politics, including liberal democracies, need such a form of sacralization of politics to function.

In modern democracies different political players compete for the support of the people. Sacralization of political forms and ideas, this volume suggests, is necessary to mobilize the hearts and minds of the masses because they expect and desire politics to be more than mere administration. Sacralization, therefore, lies at the heart of modern politics. This volume offers a challenging new view on the relationship between modern politics and religion, paying special attention to the role of ordinary people in the process of sacralization.

ISBN 9781137291714 | 288 p. | £61.00/€ 84,00 | Palgrave Macmillan

Afbeelding is afkomstig van: © Council of Europe, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressing the crowd on Place Kleber, Strasbourg, on august 12th 1949. / Strasbourg, 12/08/1949 – Discours de Winston Churchil, Premier Ministre du Royaume-Uni, sur la place Kléber