Religion as political instrument : the case of Japan and South Africa

Show simple item record Beyers, Jaco 2016-05-24T11:26:01Z 2016-05-24T11:26:01Z 2015-08
dc.description.abstract Religion can be an effective instrument in politics. This has been a phenomenon all over the ages and different political contexts. Politicians utilise religion in order to gain political goals. This paper wants to investigate the reasons why religion is such an effective instrument within politics. The investigation is as much a historical investigation as it is descriptive. After careful analysis of contexts, a deduction is made to reach an understanding of the reasons for the political use of religion. The author identified through investigating two examples (i.e. politics in South Africa and Japan) several elements to consider when discussing religion within politics: (a.) no separation between spheres of existence, (b.) culture of religious participation in politics, (c.) politics and religion touch emotional and sentimental chords, (d.) religion contributes to national identity, (e.) religion can provide a claim to divine approval of political decisions, (f.) religious communities are effective partners in implementing government policies. The author consciously decided not to investigate the relationship between Islam and politics as different elements play a role in such considerations. en_ZA
dc.description.department Science of Religion and Missiology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Beyers, J 2015, 'Religion as political instrument : the case of Japan and South Africa', Journal for the Study of Religion, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 142-164. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1011-7601
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Association for the Study of Religion en_ZA
dc.rights Association for the Study of Religion en_ZA
dc.subject Religion en_ZA
dc.subject Politics en_ZA
dc.subject Culture en_ZA
dc.subject Tradition en_ZA
dc.subject Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Japan en_ZA
dc.subject Shinto en_ZA
dc.subject Nationalisation en_ZA
dc.title Religion as political instrument : the case of Japan and South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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