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Book Review: RELIGION AND POLITICS Eric O. Hanson, Religion and Politics in the International System Today (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, 345 pp., $26.99 pbk., $70.00 hbk.); Scott M. Thomas, The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations: The Struggle for the Soul of the Twenty-First Century (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2005, 300 pp., $26.95 pbk., $79.95 hbk.)

Book Review: RELIGION AND POLITICS Eric O. Hanson, Religion and Politics in the International System Today (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, 345 pp., $26.99 pbk., $70.00 hbk.); Scott M. Thomas, The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations: The Struggle for the Soul of the Twenty-First Century (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2005, 300 pp., $26.95 pbk., $79.95 hbk.)

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Book ReviewRELIGION AND POLITICS Eric O. Hanson, Religion and Politics in the International System Today (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, 345 pp., $26.99 pbk., $70.00 hbk.); Scott M. Thomas, The Global Resurgence of Religion and the Transformation of International Relations: The Struggle for the Soul of the Twenty-First Century (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2005, 300 pp., $26.95 pbk., $79.95 hbk.) SAGE Publications, Inc.2007DOI: 10.1177/03058298070350030722 John A.Rees University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney) School of Politics and International Relations at the University of New South Wales, Australia 'Methods', wrote Nietzsche, 'are the essential, as well as being the most difficult'. This is especially so when analysing new concepts, ones that are yet to be settled in the nomenclature of any discipline. In International Relations (IR) one such concept is 'religion', and contrasting studies by Eric Hanson and Scott Thomas should provoke important discussions on method in the ever-expanding number of IR debates on the subject. In Religion and Politics in the International System Today Hanson attempts to construct a 'new paradigm' in the study of international politics via the 'central methodological choice, to take religion seriously from the viewpoint of religious practitioners'. (p. 17, 8) In so doing, Religion
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