Faith in Politics

Faith in Politics

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No account of contemporary politics can ignore religion. The liberal democratic tradition in political thought has long treated religion with some suspicion, regarding it as a source of division and instability. Faith in Politics shows how such arguments are unpersuasive and dependent on questionable empirical claims: rather than being a serious threat to democracies' legitimacy, stability and freedom, religion can be democratically constructive. Using historical cases of important religious political movements to add empirical weight, Bryan McGraw suggests that religion will remain a significant political force for the foreseeable future and that pluralist democracies would do well to welcome rather than marginalize it.argument. for. deliberative. restraint. The liberal consensus regarding religion and democratic life has any number of components: views ... 1 Consider as an example Judith Jarvis Thomson, a€œAbortion, a€ Boston Review: A Political and Literary Forum (2005). If we think of this essay as something of an update to her famous 1972 Philosophy and Public Affairs argument, it is striking how much ground sheanbsp;...

Title:Faith in Politics
Author: Bryan T. McGraw
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2010-06-10

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