Utopian and Realistic Thought in International Relations : Some Scriptural Perspectives
Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought
Two "common sense" theories of international relations have been with us from ancient times to the present: utopianism and realism. Both share a common belief that understanding man will help explain international relations, and power is at the center of international politics. However, they disagree as to man's "nature" and disagree on what should be done about power. This note will discuss utopianism and realism as defined by traditional international relations theory, and identify some scriptural references to support both theories. This note assumes that the utopian-realism framework is a useful, though limited, guide to the study of international relations.