Faithful to Secularism: The Religious Politics of Democracy in Ireland, Senegal, and the Philippines by David BuckleyFaithful to Secularism: The Religious Politics of Democracy in Ireland, Senegal, and the Philippines by David Buckley

Faithful to Secularism: The Religious Politics of Democracy in Ireland, Senegal, and the Philippines

byDavid Buckley

Hardcover | March 14, 2017

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Religion and democracy can make tense bedfellows. Secular elites may view religious movements as conflict-prone and incapable of compromise, while religious actors may fear that anticlericalism will drive religion from public life. Yet such tensions are not inevitable: from Asia to Latin America, religious actors coexist with, and even help to preserve, democracy.

In Faithful to Secularism, David T. Buckley argues that political institutions that encourage an active role for public religion are a key part in explaining this variation. He develops the concept of "benevolent secularism" to describe institutions that combine a basic division of religion and state with extensive room for participation of religious actors in public life. He traces the impact of benevolent secularism on religious and secular elites, both at critical junctures in state formation and as politics evolves over time. Buckley shows how religious and secular actors build credibility and shared norms over time, and explains how such coalitions can endure challenges from both religious revivals and periods of anticlericalism. Faithful to Secularism tests this institutional theory in Ireland, Senegal, and the Philippines, using a blend of archival, interview, and public opinion data. These case studies illustrate how even countries with an active religious majority can become and remain faithful to secularism.

David T. Buckley is assistant professor and Paul Weber Endowed Chair in Politics, Science, and Religion in the Department of Political Science at the University of Louisville.
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Title:Faithful to Secularism: The Religious Politics of Democracy in Ireland, Senegal, and the PhilippinesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.1 inPublished:March 14, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231180063

ISBN - 13:9780231180061

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and FiguresAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Benevolent Secularism: A Theory of the Religious Politics of Democracy2. Secular Emergence in Ireland: Home Rule and Rome Rule?3. Secular Evolution in Ireland: Religion and Post-Catholic Politics4. Secular Emergence in Senegal: Laïcité in Translation5. Secular Evolution in Senegal: Sopi and Institutional Change6. Secular Emergence in the Philippines: Beyond the Malolos Stalemate7. Secular Evolution in the Philippines: People Power and PluralizationConclusion: The Future of Religion and Secular DemocracyNotesBibliographyIndex

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This is going to be an influential work shaping the emergent field of the comparative politics of secularism. The original concepts of "benevolent secularism" and "secular evolution," drawn from the rich historical analysis of Irish, Senegalese, and Filipino secularism, throughout a century and across two religious traditions and three continents, are likely to prove particularly fruitful in many other settings.