Democracy And The New Religious Pluralism by Thomas BanchoffDemocracy And The New Religious Pluralism by Thomas Banchoff

Democracy And The New Religious Pluralism

EditorThomas Banchoff

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Religious pluralism is everywhere in today's politics. Increased immigration flows, the collapse of communism, and the globalization of communications technologies have all fostered a wider variety of religious beliefs, practices, and organizations within and across democratic societies. Thisis true in both the United States and Europe, where growing and diverse minority communities are transforming the political landscape. As a result, controversies over such things as headscarves and depictions of Mohammed are unsettling a largely secular Europe, while a Christian majority in the USfaces familiar questions about church-state relations amidst unprecedented religious diversity. Far from receding into the background, religious language pervades arguments around established issues such as abortion and capital punishment, and new ones such as stem cell research and same-sexmarriage. In Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism, leading scholars from multiple disciplines explore these dynamics and theirimplications for democratic theory and practice. What are the contours of this new religious pluralism? What are its implications for the theory and practice ofdemocracy? Does increasing religious pluralism erode the cultural and social foundations of democracy? To what extent do different religious communities embrace similar -- or at least compatible -- ethical and political commitments? By seeking answers to these questions and revealing religiouspluralism as both a source of animosity and a potent force for peaceful engagement, this book offers a revealing look at the future of religion in democratic societies.
Thomas Banchoff is Associate Professor of Government and Director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University. He is the author of The German Problem Transformed: Institutions, Politics, and Foreign Policy (1999) and Legitimacy and the European Union: The Contested Polity (1999).
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Title:Democracy And The New Religious PluralismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:May 9, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Thomas Banchoff: IntroductionPart I: Contours of the New Religious Pluralism2. Peter L. Berger: Pluralism, Protestantization and the Voluntary Principle3. Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart: Uneven Secularization in the U.S. and Western Europe4. Jose Casanova: Immigration and the New Religious Pluralism: An EU/U.S. Comparison5. Yossi Shain: The Transnational Struggle for Jewish Pluralism6. Sam Cherribi: Politicians' Perceptions of the Muslim "Problem": The Dutch Example in European Context7. John L. Esposito: America's Muslims: Issues of Identity, Religious Diversity, and Pluralism8. Robert Wuthnow: Religious Diversity in a "Christian Nation:" American Identity and American DemocracyPart II: Democratic Responses to the New Religious Pluralism9. Martha C. Nussbaum: Radical Evil in Liberal Democracies: The Neglect of the Political Emotions10. Daniele Hervieu-Leger: Islam and the Republic: the French Case11. Gracie Davie: Pluralism, Tolerance, and Democracy: Theory and Practice in Europe12. Diana L. Eck: American Religious Pluralism: Civic and Theological Discourse13. Stanley Hauerwas: The End of "Religious Pluralism" A Tribute to David Burrell, C.S.C.14. Miroslav Volf: A Voice of One's Own: Public Faith in a Pluralistic World15. Thomas Banchoff: Stem Cell Politics, Religious and Secular: The United States and France Compared