The apparently sudden resurgence of religious movements in world politics since the 1970s stunned scholars of international relations who had clung to that myth that the secularization of politics and diplomacy began when the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 abruptly ended Europe’s “Wars of Religion.” In this 23rd Annual Templeton Lecture on Religion and World Affairs, Walter McDougall challenges that myopia, arguing that even (or especially) in the 20th and 21st centuries religion remains a principal driver of politics in European Civilization and the current “Clash of Civilizations.
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