The ZEA and the ZED: Examining Zones of Ethical Agreement and Disagreement between Premillennial Dispensationalism and a Realism Approach to International Relations


The eschatological belief of Premillennial Dispensationalism has been a cornerstone of the fundamentalist evangelical belief system in the United States. As will be discussed in this presentation, the ideological claims in Premillennial Dispensationalism have a history of permeating foreign policy despite the fact that International Relations is typically characterized by a more secular paradigm. Premillennial dispensationalists over the past few decades have been skillful at perpetuating their belief that the bible predicts upcoming international conflicts and that all disputed land will be returned to Israel. The interaction between Premillennial Dispensationalism and the prevailing, more secularized practices of International Relations is the central area of inquiry in this presentation. This eschatological ideology of Premillennial Dispensationalism seems in many ways to be in opposition to the pervasive Realism-based approach to International Relations however there is little existing information on specific ways in which these two ideologies are different or possible ways in which they are similar. The research presented here uses theoretically based qualitative content analysis methodology to further describe and examine these areas of differences and possible areas of similarity to further our understanding of the relationship between these two seemingly competing ideas about foreign relations. The theoretical content analysis methodology seeks to find and describe possible zones of ethical agreement (ZEA) and zones of ethical disagreement (ZED) between Premillennial Dispensationalism and a Realism-based approach to International Relations.

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Athena Passera, Nova Southeastern University, USA

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Conference: ECERP2015
Stream: Religion - Religion and Peace Studies

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