Religion in Public Life: Must Faith Be Privatized?

Paperback | May 15, 2008

byRoger Trigg

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How far can religion play a part in the public sphere, or should it be only a private matter? Roger Trigg examines this question in the context of today's pluralist societies, where many different beliefs clamour for attention. Should we celebrate diversity, or are matters of truth at stake?In particular, can we maintain our love of freedom, while cutting it off from religious roots? In societies in which there are many conflicting beliefs, the place of religion is a growing political issue. Should all religions be equally welcomed in the public square? Favouring one religion overothers may appear to be a failure to treat all citizens equally, yet for citizens in many countries their Christian heritage is woven into their way of life. Whether it is the issue of same-sex marriages, the right of French schoolgirls to wear Islamic headscarves, or just the public display ofChristmas trees, all societies have to work out a consistent approach to the public influence of

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How far can religion play a part in the public sphere, or should it be only a private matter? Roger Trigg examines this question in the context of today's pluralist societies, where many different beliefs clamour for attention. Should we celebrate diversity, or are matters of truth at stake?In particular, can we maintain our love of fr...

Roger Trigg is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.64 inPublished:May 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199543674

ISBN - 13:9780199543670

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Church and State2. Reason and Freedom3. Religious Liberty4. Rights and Freedoms5. Multi-Culturalism and Religion6. The Role of the State7. Must Democracy be Religiously Neutral?8. Law and Religion9. Religion in State Education10. Must We Privatize Religion?11. Under God?Conclusion

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