Religious Diversity

Religious Diversity : Philosophical and Political Dimensions

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Should we merely celebrate diversity in the sphere of religion? What of the social cohesion of a country? There is a constant tug between belief in religious truth and the need for respect for other religions. Religious Diversity: Philosophical and Political Dimensions examines how far a firm faith can allow for toleration of difference and respect the need for religious freedom. It elucidates the philosophical credentials of different approaches to truth in religion, ranging from a dogmatic fundamentalism to a pluralism that shades into relativism. Must we resort to a secularism that treats all religion as a personal and private matter, with nothing to contribute to discussions about the common good? How should law approach the issue of religious freedom? Introducing the relevance of central discussions in modern philosophy of religion, the book goes on to examine the political implications of increasing religious diversity in a democracy.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139151797
  • 9781139151795

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'A much-needed and illuminating discussion of both the philosophical and social issues of religious freedom and diversity in contemporary societies.' Keith Ward, University of Oxford 'This is the best single-authored overview and contribution to philosophical reflection on religious diversity in print. For both newcomers and experts, Religious Diversity offers an insightful engagement with questions about the truth of different religions, the role of religion in pluralistic democracies, and the political and cultural significance of religious diversity.' Charles Taliaferro, Chair of Philosophy, St Olaf College 'The book is well written and structured and serves as a compendium of ten essays, building on historical and political examples as well as historical and contemporary positions in Philosophy and the Social Sciences. As such it is an interdisciplinary and comprehensive source to use in university courses.' Sarah J. Jahn, Entangled Religions
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Table of contents

Introduction; 1. The challenge of religious diversity; 2. Do religions claim truth?; 3. Religious pluralism; 4. The roots of religious belief; 5. Does disagreement undermine theism?; 6. Education and religious diversity; 7. Truth and coercion; 8. Religious diversity and identity; 9. Religion as personal preference; 10. Freedom and religion.
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