Comparative Religions and Politics

Religion had made an evident impact in almost every aspect of life. International affairs are greatly ensued by religion and thus there are many differences that collide when it comes to religious politics in international politics. Religious politics at times becomes complicated for most of the systems of regime throughout the world due to the diversity of ethnicity and religions. United States and its European counterparts can be considered as regions where people from all ethnicities come and live together resulting in conglomerate of religious politics and political behavior. It is believed that the Americans are generally more religious than European. In this paper we shall compare and contrast why America is more religious than its European counterparts. Moreover, we shall discuss whether United States would resemble its European counterparts or not.

According to many researches through the historical timeline it could be suggested that United States is religiously plural. In comparison with American religious politics, European counterparts are more religiously homogenous. This assertion had been explained by many historians with a claim that Americans appreciate their religion due to the fact that they had lived their history in separation with the church and state of regime in the country. On the other hand, the European countries had an opposite religious history of deep attachment with religion (Jelen  Wilcox, 2002).

Religion is more visible in all aspects of America as compared to the presence of religion in most of the social fields of Europe. This claim could easily be explained with the help of account of the cultural values and differences in the political systems of both regions. It is also believed that American nation is in its post-materialism phase where they are more inclined towards religious grounds, and thus, they support churches (Juergensmeyer, 2003).

Another aspect that creates a distinction between the religious politics of America and the European counterparts is that the religious market in America provides a niche for the religious consumers where as in European countries, people have less religious denomination resulting in less religiously political status-quo (Jelen  Wilcox, 2002).

America is most presumed state that generates a great deal of attention, money and time towards the religious aspects of politics while European counterparts tend to be less conservative regarding religious politics when its comes to debate (Jelen  Wilcox, 2002).

According to Mark Juergensmeyer, one similarity that has been found in the religious practices of United States and its European counterparts is that there was a rise of ethical congregations in both the regions with a rising culture of the African clergy in almost all sorts of churches including Episcopal, Anglican and Methodist (Juergensmeyer, 2003).

Latin America provides a domain for the future implication of religious politics in America that is likely turn into the religious political status of Europe due to the future orientation of secularism in more probable political regimes (Juergensmeyer, 2003).

Therefore, it could be said that United States is more religious than its European counterparts due to the fact that Americans were less attached to the church and state. American nation is conservative in terms of the religious politics. The future of Unites States is more likely to resemble Europe because the static equilibrium in the political affairs tends to either lead to upward or downward graph and continuous similarity in the religious politics of United Stats has potential to make evident changes.


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