Terror and Civilization

Christianity, Politics, and the Western Psyche

by Shadia B. Drury

Drury regards the political problems of the modern world to be thoroughly Biblical. In the politics of the 21st century, we find two equally arrogant and self-righteous civilizations confronting one another. Each is convinced that it is on the side of God, truth and justice, while its enemy is allied with Satan, wickedness, and barbarism. The language of diplomacy and compromise has been replaced by the language of jihad or the struggle against the cosmic forces of evil. Life is radicalized; and all choices are polarized. Politics properly understood is eclipsed. Drury urges us to transcend the Biblical view of the world. Instead, she argues in favor of a genuinely liberal, secular, and pluralistic understanding of politics.

  • Palgrave Macmillan; January 2004
  • ISBN: 9781403982629
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  • Title: Terror and Civilization
  • Author: Shadia B. Drury
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan

In The Press

'The book should be read by all believers, as a test of faith...Drury's account contains a very serious intellectual core.' - John Laughland
UniversiteĀ“ de Marne-la-Vallee, Cambridge Review of International Affairs


About The Author

Shadia B. Drury is a Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Regina in Canada.