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.
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 a fertile, rich and timely book. Gavin D'Costa, IDPT Would that more teachers and commentators had the clarity of thought and expression of Professor Trigg. John Turnbull, New Directions Roger Trigg comprehensively addresses...issues Stephen Beer, Tribune Informative and thought-provoking. Jonathan Wright, Catholic Herald
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st March 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.4