"Really Existing" Scriptures: On the Use of Sacred Text in International Affairs
This chapter draws on examples from the Abrahamic faiths and on the work of scholars in the fields of international relations, theology and philosophy to sketch some starting principles for thinking about how religious scripture can utilised in the construction of international affairs. A threefold argument is provided that scriptures “really exist” as a political resource, they contain a diversity of political ideas, and they can contribute constructively to open political discussion and the development of open political systems.
Originally published in the Journal of Faith and International Affairs Vol 2, No. 1 (Spring 2004) pp.17-26, this research by John Rees has now been included in Religion and Foreign Affairs: Essential Readings alongside contributions from scholars such as Peter Berger, Charles Taylor, Daniel Philpott, Scott Appleby, Scott Thomas, Jeffrey Haynes, Marc Gopin, Madeleine Albright, Katherine Marshall, Vali Nasr, Samuel Huntington and Robert Kagan.
Rees, J. (2012). "Really Existing" scriptures: On the use of sacred text in international affairs. In D. R. Hoover & D. M. Johnston (eds.). Religion and foreign affairs: Essential readings (pp. 109-118). Waco, Tex: Baylor University Press.