Religious Voices in Public Places

Hardcover | November 1, 2009

EditorNigel Biggar, Linda Hogan

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Must religious voices keep quiet in public places? Does fairness in a plural society require it? Must the expression of religious belief be so authoritarian as to threaten civil peace? Do we need translation into 'secular' language, or should we try to manage polyglot conversation? How neutralis 'secular' language? Is a religious argument necessarily unreasonable? What issues are specific to Islam within this exchange?These are just some of the pressing questions addressed by Religious Voices in Public Places. Drawn from Australia, Canada, France, Ireland and England-as well as the United States-thirteen contributors take the long-running discussion about religion in the public square beyond its usual Americanconfines. Religious Voices in Public Places comprehends both political philosophy and theology, and moves adeptly between political theory and practice. Whether offering critical analyses of key theorists such as John Rawls, Jeffrey Stout and Jurgen Habermas, or pursuing the issue of the public expression ofreligion into the debate about religious education in the USA, the legalisation of euthanasia in the UK, and human rights worldwide, this incisive volume speaks directly into crucial areas of religious and political complexity.

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Must religious voices keep quiet in public places? Does fairness in a plural society require it? Must the expression of religious belief be so authoritarian as to threaten civil peace? Do we need translation into 'secular' language, or should we try to manage polyglot conversation? How neutralis 'secular' language? Is a religious argum...

Nigel Biggar is Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology and Director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life at the University of Oxford. Linda Hogan is Professor of Ecumenics and Head of School, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.04 inPublished:November 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Linda Hogan: IntroductionI: Religion and Public Reason: Philosophical Views1. Nicholas Wolterstorff: Why Can't We Just Get Along With Each Other?2. Raymond Plant: Citizenship, Religion, and Political Liberalism3. Maureen Junker-Kenny: Between Postsecular Society and the Neutral State: Religion as a Resource for Public ReasonII: Religion and Public Reason: Theological Views4. Luke Bretherton: Translation, Conversation, or Hospitality? Approaches to Theological Reasons in Public Deliberation5. Travis Kroeker: Messianic Ethics and Diaspora Communities: Upbuilding the Secular Theologically from Below6. Robert Gascoigne: Christian Hope and Public ReasonIII: Religion and Public Reason: Public Policy Issues7. Nigel Biggar: Not Translation, but Conversation: Theology in Public Debate about Euthanasia8. Paul Weithman: Religious Education and Democratic Character9. Linda Hogan: Religion and Public Reason in the Global Politics of Human RightsIV: Religion and Public Reason: National Contexts10. Peter Sedgwick: The Public Presence of Religion in England: Anglican Religious Leaders and Public Culture11. Steven Michels and Brian Stiltner: Religion, Rhetoric, and Running for Office: Public Reason on the U.S. Campaign Trail12. Jocelyne Cesari: Islam and the Secularized Nation: A Transatlantic ComparisonNigel Biggar: Conclusion