This volume explores the ways in which lived religion encourages and contributes to conflicts, as well as fosters tolerance, in the interlocking rural, urban, and virtual social spheres. Through ten case studies with vast geographical and religious variation, the contributors address some of the shortcomings in analyses of the relationship between religion and (in)tolerance and offers a theoretically and empirically more nuanced understanding of the micro-politics of (in)tolerance and the roles of lived religion in it. The book argues that (in)tolerance and its connection to religion cannot be fully understood unless analyzed from below, which means that the focus needs to be not only on public institutions or religio-political spaces but also on (in)tolerance of ordinary people and their performativity, practices, and interests in non-institutionalized spaces. This showcases the ambiguous interconnectedness of lived religion and (in)tolerance.
Lived Religion and the Politics of (In)Tolerance will be of interest to students and scholars interested in lived religion, the relationship between politics and religion, and those working in cross-cultural dialogue and through an anti-racism, and anti-violence lens.
R. Ruard Ganzevoort is Professor of Practical Theology at Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands and founding co-director of its Amsterdam Centre for the Study of Lived Religion. His interdisciplinary research interests include the interface of religion with narrative identity, trauma, sexuality, politics, and/or popular culture.
Srdjan Sremac is Lecturer at the Faculty of Theology at Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands and Co-Director of its Amsterdam Centre for the Study of Lived Religion. His research interests include narrative psychology of religion, lived religion of marginalized groups, religious and sexual nationalism, war-related trauma and post-conflict reconciliation studies.
Introduction: Lived Religion and Lived (In)Tolerance; Srdjan Sremac and R. Ruard Ganzevoort.- Part I Fostering Intolerance.- 1. Paradigms of [In]Tolerance? On Sri Lanka's Bodu Bala Sena, #prezpollsl2015, and Transformative Dynamics of Lived Religion'; Chaminda Weerawardhana.- 2. Notes on the Christian Battle to End the "Abortion Holocaust"; Katharina von Kellenbach.- 3. Lived Religion and the Intolerance of the Cross; David Tombs.- 4. The Patriarch and the Pride: Discourse Analysis of the Online Public Response to the Serbian Orthodox Church Condemnation of the 2012 Gay Pride Parade; Dubravka Valic-Nedeljkovic, Ruard Ganzevoort, and Srdjan Sremac.- 5. Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol: Religion, Conflict and Intolerance in Brazil: An Analysis of Lived Religion in the Brazilian movies; Júlio Cézar Adam.- Part II Fostering Tolerance.- 6. God, Government, and Greenbelt: Lived Religion and the Cultural Politics of (In)Tolerance in the Social Engineering of a Cooperative New Deal Resettlement Town, 1937-1940; Sally Sims Stokes.- 7. Uncanny Landscapes of Memory: 'Bosnian Pyramids' and the Contemporary World-Making in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Maja Lovrenovic.- 8. Reconciliation, Justice and (In)Tolerance Hijacked by Religious Apathy: Transforming Reconciliation 20 years after the TRC in South Africa; Christo Thesnaar.- 9. The Politics of Intolerance, Lived Religion, and Theological Reflection around Belfast's Separation Barriers; Jonathan Hatch.- 10. Fostering Religious Tolerance in Education: The Dutch Perspective; Gerdien Bertram-Troost and Siebren Miedema.