Religion in Public Life

Religion in Public Life : Must Faith Be Privatized?

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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 over others 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 of Christmas trees, all societies have to work out a consistent approach to the public influence of religion.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 20mm | 401g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199279802
  • 9780199279807
  • 2,333,911

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Church and State ; 2. Reason and Freedom ; 3. Religious Liberty ; 4. Rights and Freedoms ; 5. Multi-Culturalism and Religion ; 6. The Role of the State ; 7. Must Democracy be Religiously Neutral? ; 8. Law and Religion ; 9. Religion in State Education ; 10. Must We Privatize Religion? ; 11. Under God? ; Conclusion
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Informative and thought-provoking. * Jonathan Wright, Catholic Herald * Roger Trigg comprehensively addresses...issues * Stephen Beer, Tribune * Would that more teachers and commentators had the clarity of thought and expression of Professor Trigg. * John Turnbull, New Directions * a fertile, rich and timely book. * Gavin D'Costa, IJPT * This book is extremely timely, and it will help policy-makers, students and anyone interested in the role of religion in public life to reach a much clearer understanding of the issues involved...Religion in Public Life is an invaluable resource in helping us to think through this new situation with attention to detail but without losing sight of the subject as a whole. * Anthony J. Carroll sj, The Way * An important book on a vital issue * Peter Costello The Irish Catholic d * This is as robust a defence of the claim of religious faith to be heard in the public square as one could wish. The stance is orthodox Chrisitan; the voice is the voice of sanity and calm reason. The book is an antidote to the unthinking political correctness with which we are regaled day by day government ministers and sections of the media. It is truly a tract for our times... [a] courteous but devastating polemic * Paul Avis, Ecclesiastical Law Journal *
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About Professor Roger Trigg

Roger Trigg is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick and Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford. His other books include Pain and Emotion (OUP, 1970), Rationality and Religion (Blackwell, 1998), Philosophy Matters (Blackwell, 2002), and Morality Matters (Blackwell, 2005).
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