Religion, Politics, And Politics

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Religion and politics have been inextricably intertwined since the creation of culture and civilization. However, the academic tradition often times has been to focus on the importance of placing religion and politics into two distinctly separate systems. I, however, argue that it isn 't as black and white as that. In many of the readings we have been assigned this quarter thus far, religion and politics have gone hand in hand mutually benefiting one another. As shown in these readings, religion can and does enforce good behavior and the upholding of societal laws, often times it is what reinforces social acceptability. In this paper, I will first attempt to analyze the ways in which E.E. Evans-Pritchard, Clifford Geertz, Victor Turner and Jean Comaroff approach the idea of religion and politics as ordered reality. I will then examine the ways in which they are similar and dissimilar to each other while also addressing the benefits and drawbacks of separating religion and politics. E.E. Evans-Pritchard 's approach to religion and its correlation to the political can be seen in his study of the Azande people through the book Witchcraft, Oracles, and Magic Among the Azande. In it, he explains the impact that witchcraft has on the lives of the Zande, arguing that it permeates their every being and is what structures the entire society. Evans-Pritchard focuses on a three-pillared institutional system and a specific texture of thought that co-constitute each other. Each…

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