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Obligations of Citizenship and Demands of Faith : Religious Accommodation in Pluralist Democracies - Nancy L. Rosenblum

Obligations of Citizenship and Demands of Faith

Religious Accommodation in Pluralist Democracies

By: Nancy L. Rosenblum (Editor)

Paperback Published: 24th April 2000
ISBN: 9780691007083
Number Of Pages: 400

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Of the many challenges facing liberal democracy, none is as powerful and pervasive today as those posed by religion. These are the challenges taken up in "Obligations of Citizenship and Demands of Faith," an exploration of the place of religion in contemporary public life.

The essays in this volume suggest that two important shifts have altered the balance between the competing obligations of citizenship and faith: the growth of religious pluralism and the escalating calls of religious groups for some measure of autonomy or recognition from democratic majorities. The authors--political theorists, philosophers, legal scholars, and social scientists--collectively argue that more room should be made for religion in today's democratic societies. Though they advocate different ways of carving out and justifying the proper bounds of "church and state" in pluralist democracies, they all write from within democratic theory and share the aim of democratic accommodation of religion. Alert to national differences in political circumstances and the particularities of constitutional and legal systems, these contributors consider the question of religious accommodation from the standpoint of institutional practices and law as well as that of normative theory.

Unique in its interdisciplinary approach and comparative focus, this volume makes a timely and much-needed intervention in current debates about religion and politics. The contributors are Nancy L. Rosenblum, Alan Wolfe, Ronald Thiemann, Michael McConnell, Graham Walker, Amy Gutmann, Kent Greenawalt, Aviam Soifer, Harry Hirsch, Gary Jacobsohn, Yael Tamir, Martha Nussbaum, and Carol Weisbrod.

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"Our secular traditions and rhetoric have emerged in significant part in response to the claims of non-believers, who sought protection from the intrusions of religions. Rosenblum's anthology gives a new and thoughtful voice to believers and to the significance or value of their beliefs for democratic policies and civic engagement."--John Paul Ryan, The Law and Politics Book Review "A very valuable collection, making accessible in one place a number of interesting and compelling arguments about and inquiries into the relationship between religious pluralism and democracy."--Joseph M. Knippenberg, Journal of Politics

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Pluralism, Integralism, and Political Theories of Religious Accommodationp. 3
Civil Religion Revisited: Quiet Faith in Middle-Class Americap. 32
Public Religion: Bane or Blessing for Democracy?p. 73
Believers as Equal Citizensp. 90
Illusory Pluralism, Inexorable Establishmentp. 111
Religion and State in the United States: A Defense of Two-Way Protectionp. 127
Amos: Religious Autonomy and the Moral Uses of Pluralismp. 165
Five Questions about Religion Judges Are Afraid to Askp. 196
The Fullness of Timep. 245
Let Them Eat Incidentals: RFRA, the Rehnquist Court, and Freedom of Religionp. 280
"By the Light of Reason": Corruption, Religious Speech, and Constitutional Essentialsp. 294
Remember Amalek: Religious Hate Speechp. 321
Religion and Women's Equality: The Case of Indiap. 335
Women and International Human Rights: Some Issues under the Bridgep. 403
List Of Contributorsp. 427
Indexp. 429
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ISBN: 9780691007083
ISBN-10: 069100708X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 24th April 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.57  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.62