Following Denis Cosgrove’s “Apollo’s Eye”, this paper looks at the historical, contemporary and possible future paths of religious difference and commonalty in the three Aristotelian constructs of globe, world and earth as indicative of interrelated but profoundly different conceptions of community and meaning from whence the historicized agent is removed, particularly in the discourse on ‘religion’. By taking globalization theories, especially of hybridity and change, the nature of world is seen at a more political, mapped, and artificial level. Contemporary political containers and organizations at all three levels tend to work outward from secular ideas to accommodate and integrate extant religious conceptions. This paper asks how could these areas of commonalty be understood as bearing meaning for huge populations whose beliefs remain somewhat disengaged from wider political discourses. With reference to the paradox inherent in ‘world communities’ the nature of religions as a peculiarly western, global invention crosses worlds with history, geography, and linguistics that have now become part of a global parlance. Has globalization released a new way of understanding religion beyond the statist ideas of legislation, rights, minority identities and mapped populations? Or has the universalist ideas of the older western discourse of empire and colony been recast to ensure the continued dominance of a particular view of religion, one removed and classified as subordinate? This paper considers the new ‘subalterns’ of global movements: religious identities.
|Keywords:||Religion, Identity, Globalization, New Apollo, World, Earth, Rights, Environment|
Professor, Comparative Religion and History, Huron University College, London, Ontario, Canada
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