- 334 pages
- Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism
- Thomas F. Banchoff
- 14 February 2017 Thomas F. Banchoff
Religious Pluralism Is Everywhere In Today S Politics Increased Immigration Flows, The Collapse Of Communism, And The Globalization Of Communications Technologies Have All Fostered A Wider Variety Of Religious Beliefs, Practices, And Organizations Within And Across Democratic Societies This Is True In Both The United States And Europe, Where Growing And Diverse Minority Communities Are Transforming The Political Landscape As A Result, Controversies Over Such Things As Headscarves And Depictions Of Mohammed Are Unsettling A Largely Secular Europe, While A Christian Majority In The US Faces Familiar Questions About Church State Relations Amidst Unprecedented Religious Diversity Far From Receding Into The Background, Religious Language Pervades Arguments Around Established Issues Such As Abortion And Capital Punishment, And New Ones Such As Stem Cell Research And Same Sex Marriage In Democracy And The New Religious Pluralism, Leading Scholars From Multiple Disciplines Explore These Dynamics And Their Implications For Democratic Theory And Practice What Are The Contours Of This New Religious Pluralism What Are Its Implications For The Theory And Practice Of Democracy Does Increasing Religious Pluralism Erode The Cultural And Social Foundations Of Democracy To What Extent Do Different Religious Communities Embrace Similar Or At Least Compatible Ethical And Political Commitments By Seeking Answers To These Questions And Revealing Religious Pluralism As Both A Source Of Animosity And A Potent Force For Peaceful Engagement, This Book Offers A Revealing Look At The Future Of Religion In Democratic Societies.