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Christian Think-Tanks in Europe and North America


In contemporary literature, think-tanks are often considered political, strategic, security, foreign policy and international relations. Unfortunately, the concern for religious think-tanks is missing from scientific analysis. The most appropriate classification of think-tanks entails specific religious defining them. Thus, we will consider: religious analysis think-tanks, Christian think-tanks (with their categories: Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant and Evangelical), ecumenical and inter-religious think-tanks, Islamic think-tanks, Jewish think-tanks; Buddhist think-tanks, New Age think-tanks, atheist think-tanks. Among these, Christian think-tanks present a common organizational and functional theme, which makes them suitable for a separate approach – which constitutes the object of the following research.

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    External links

    1. (American OrthodoxInstitute)
    2. (Biblical Research Institute of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist)
    3. (Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)
    4. (Pontificia Academia Scientiarum)
    5. (The Ministry of Chalcedon)
    6. (Clarion Magazine)
    7. (Dominican Biblical Institute)
    8. (Discovery Institute)
    9. (Dominican Center for Religious Development)
    10. (Ecumenical Research Center Sibiu)
    11. (Ekklesia)
    12. (The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission)
    13. (Protestant Academy of Bad Boll)
    14. (Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute)
    15. (The Interreligious and Interdisciplinary Studies Center)
    16. (Institute for Biblical Research)
    17. (The Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies)
    18. (INTER. Romanian Institute of Inter-Orthodox Studies, Inter-confessional and Inter-religious)
    19. (Interreligiöser Think-Tank)
    20. (Hartford Institute for Religion Research)
    21. (Religious Research Association)
    22. (Jesuit Social Research Institute)
    23. (Walking Times)
    24. (The Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies in Faithand Science)
    25. (Hesychasm Association)
    26. (Institute on Religion & Democracy)
    27. (Theos)


PERIODICS Serbian Political Thought 1/2013eng 1/2013 UDC 322+27-1(4)(7) 21-36