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Beyond Radical Secularism : How France and the Christian West Should Respond to the Islamic Challenge

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"This is the book that took France by storm upon its publication in the fall of 2015. It was praised by some for its rare combination of tough-mindedness and moderation and attacked by others for suggesting that radical secularism could not provide the political and spiritual resources to address the Islamic challenge. The book is even more relevant after the Parisian terror attacks of November 13, 2015. It is a book that combines permanence and relevance, that addresses a pressing political and civilizational problem in a manner that will endure. Responding to the brutal terror attacks in France in January 2015, Pierre Manent has written a learned, passionate essay that reflects broadly and deeply on the political and religious situation of France and Europe. He freely acknowledges that the West is at war with fanatics who despise liberal and Christian civilization. That war must be conducted with prudent tough-mindedness. At the same time, serious thought must be given to the Islamic question at home and abroad. Concentrating on the French situation, Manent suggests that French Muslims are not entering an 'empty' nation, defined by radical secularism and human rights alone. France has a secular state, as do all the nations of the contemporary West. That is a heritage to be cherished. But the Islamic question will not be 'solved' by transforming Muslims into modern secularists devoid of all religious sensibility. It must be remembered that France is also nation of a 'Christian mark' with a strong Jewishpresence, both of which enrich its spiritual and political life. Manent proposes a 'social contract' with France's Muslims that is at once firm and welcoming"--Provided by publisher.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 124 pages
  • 155 x 231 x 10mm | 386g
  • St. Augustine's Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 1587310740
  • 9781587310744
  • 440,683

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