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The Challenge of Pluralism

The Challenge of Pluralism Author J. Christopher Soper
ISBN-10 9781442250444
Release 2017-01-31
Pages 284
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In a thoroughly revised and expanded edition that now includes France, this essential text offers a rigorous, systematic comparison of church-state relations in six Western nations: the United States, France, England, Germany, the Netherlands, and Australia. As successful and stable political democracies, these countries share a commitment to protecting the religious rights of their citizens. The book demonstrates, however, that each has taken substantially different approaches to resolving basic church-state questions. The authors examine both the historical roots of those differences and more recent conflicts over Islam and other religious minorities, explain how contemporary church-state issues are addressed, and provide a framework for assessing the success of each of the six states in protecting the religious rights of its citizens using a framework based on the ideal of governmental neutrality and evenhandedness toward people of all faiths and of none. Responding to the general confusion about the relationship between church and state in the West, this book offers a much-needed comparative analysis of a topic that is increasingly a source of political conflict. The authors argue that the US conception of church-state separation, with its emphasis on avoiding government establishment of religion, is unique among political democracies and discriminates against religious groups by denying religious organizations access to government services provided to other organizations. The authors persuasively conclude that the United States can learn a great deal from other Western nations in promoting religious neutrality and the free exercise of religion.

Religious Education and the Challenge of Pluralism

Religious Education and the Challenge of Pluralism Author Adam B. Seligman
ISBN-10 9780199399475
Release 2014-09-01
Pages 256
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The essays in this volume offer a groundbreaking comparative analysis of religious education, and state policies towards religious education in seven different countries and in the European Union as a whole. They pose a crucial question: can religious education contribute to a shared public sphere and foster solidarity across different ethnic and religious communities? In many traditional societies and even in what are largely secular European societies, our place in creation, the meaning of good and evil, and the definition of the good life, virtue, and moral action, are all primarily addressed in religious terms. It is in fact hard to come to grips with these issues without recourse to religious language, traditions, and frames of reference. Yet, religious languages and identities divide as much as unite, and provide a site of contestation and strife as much as a sense of peace and belonging Not surprisingly, different countries approach religious education in dramatically different ways. Religious Education and the Challenge of Pluralism addresses a pervasive problem: how can religious education provide a framework of meaning, replete with its language of inclusion and community, without at the same time drawing borders and so excluding certain individuals and communities from its terms of collective membership and belonging? The authors offer in-depth analysis of such pluralistic countries as Bulgaria, Israel, Malaysia, and Turkey, as well as Cyprus - a country split along lines of ethno-religious difference. They also examine the connection between religious education and the terms of citizenship in the EU, France, and the USA, illuminating the challenges of educating our citizenry in an age of religious resurgence and global politics.

Church and State in Contemporary Europe

Church and State in Contemporary Europe Author Zsolt Enyedi
ISBN-10 9781135761400
Release 2004-08-02
Pages 256
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This volume represents an attempt in integrating a wide range of theoretically relevant issues into the identification and analysis of church-state patterns. Each chapter focuses on the analysis of a particular theme and its role in shaping, and/or being shaped by, church-state relations.

The Oxford Handbook of Church and State in the United States

The Oxford Handbook of Church and State in the United States Author Derek H. Davis
ISBN-10 9780190208783
Release 2010-11-18
Pages 592
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Study of church and state in the United States is incredibly complex. Scholars working in this area have backgrounds in law, religious studies, history, theology, and politics, among other fields. Historically, they have focused on particular angles or dimensions of the church-state relationship, because the field is so vast. The results have mostly been monographs that focus only on narrow cross-sections of the field, and the few works that do aim to give larger perspectives are reference works of factual compendia, which offer little or no analysis. The Oxford Handbook of Church and State in the United States fills this gap, presenting an extensive, multidimensional overview of the field. Twenty-one essays offer a scholarly look at the intricacies and past and current debates that frame the American system of church and state, within five main areas: history, law, theology/philosophy, politics, and sociology. These essays provide factual accounts, but also address issues, problems, debates, controversies, and, where appropriate, suggest resolutions. They also offer analysis of the range of interpretations of the subject offered by various American scholars. This Handbook is an invaluable resource for the study of church-state relations in the United States.

Equal Treatment of Religion in a Pluralistic Society

Equal Treatment of Religion in a Pluralistic Society Author Stephen V. Monsma
ISBN-10 UOM:39015040334941
Release 1998
Pages 211
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Few areas of public policy in the United States are as politically contentious and legally confusing as church-state relations. And today the traditional view of a strict separation of church and state is being further confused by increasing levels of religious pluralism. This timely book provides the first analysis of a new paradigm for discussing church-state relations -- equal treatment, also sometimes referred to as neutrality -- that has growing popularity in Congress and has recently been used in several Supreme Court rulings. Ten leading scholars of constitutional law and political science trace the development of equal treatment theory, consider its implications for public policy and church-state relations, and evaluate it from a number of ideological perspectives.

Rethinking Secularism

Rethinking Secularism Author Craig Calhoun
ISBN-10 9780199911301
Release 2011-08-12
Pages 328
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This collection of essays presents groundbreaking work from an interdisciplinary group of leading theorists and scholars representing the fields of history, philosophy, political science, sociology, and anthropology. The volume will introduce readers to some of the most compelling new conceptual and theoretical understandings of secularism and the secular, while also examining socio-political trends involving the relationship between the religious and the secular from a variety of locations across the globe. In recent decades, the public has become increasingly aware of the important role religious commitments play in the cultural, social, and political dynamics of domestic and world affairs. This so called ''resurgence'' of religion in the public sphere has elicited a wide array of responses, including vehement opposition to the very idea that religious reasons should ever have a right to expression in public political debate. The current global landscape forces scholars to reconsider not only once predominant understandings of secularization, but also the definition and implications of secular assumptions and secularist positions. The notion that there is no singular secularism, but rather a range of multiple secularisms, is one of many emerging efforts to reconceptualize the meanings of religion and the secular. Rethinking Secularism surveys these efforts and helps to reframe discussions of religion in the social sciences by drawing attention to the central issue of how ''the secular'' is constituted and understood. It provides valuable insight into how new understandings of secularism and religion shape analytic perspectives in the social sciences, politics, and international affairs.

Christianity in Chinese Public Life Religion Society and the Rule of Law

Christianity in Chinese Public Life  Religion  Society  and the Rule of Law Author J. Carpenter
ISBN-10 9781137410184
Release 2014-01-27
Pages 127
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This book analyzes the interaction of religion, society, and governance in China - suggesting it is much more subtle and complex than common convention suggests. The edited work addresses civic engagement, religion, Christianity, and the rule of law in contemporary Chinese society.

Confucianism Democratization and Human Rights in Taiwan

Confucianism  Democratization  and Human Rights in Taiwan Author Joel Fetzer
ISBN-10 9780739173015
Release 2012-10-15
Pages 122
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Based on elite interviews, survey research, and content analysis of legislative debates and public school textbooks, this study makes a much-needed empirical contribution to the largely theoretical debate about the political effects of Confucianism.

Quo Vadis Eastern Europe

Quo Vadis Eastern Europe Author Ines Angjeli Murzaku
ISBN-10 8880636103
Release 2009
Pages 266
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Quo Vadis Eastern Europe has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Quo Vadis Eastern Europe also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Quo Vadis Eastern Europe book for free.

Muslims and the State in Britain France and Germany

Muslims and the State in Britain  France  and Germany Author Joel S. Fetzer
ISBN-10 0521535395
Release 2005-01-01
Pages 208
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European governments must struggle with assimilating Muslim newcomers into their countries, with so many more now living in Western Europe. Britain, France, and Germany have dealt with the related problems differently. This book explains why their policies differ and proposes ways of ensuring the successful incorporation of practicing Muslims into liberal democracies. Resolving their issues has become all the more urgent in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Skotein Epeiros

Skotein   Epeiros Author Mark Mazower
ISBN-10 9602212233
Release 2001
Pages 461
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Kuyper reconsidered

Kuyper reconsidered Author Cornelis van der Kooi
ISBN-10 9053836403
Release 2000-01-01
Pages 320
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Piety politics and pluralism

Piety  politics  and pluralism Author Mary C. Segers
ISBN-10 UOM:39015054407849
Release 2002
Pages 257
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Piety, Politics, and Pluralism skillfully confronts the question: Is liberal democracy hostile to religion or is it compatible with the rights of believers? Prominent scholars analyze the controversy about religious freedom by examining two areas at the intersection of religion and politics in contemporary American society: the Supreme Court's 1990 decision in Oregon v. Smith and the events of the 2000 presidential campaign. Their essays remind us that in an increasingly pluralistic society, Americans must work continually to reconcile religious commitment and political obligation.

Church and state in 21st century Britain

Church and state in 21st century Britain Author R. M. Morris
ISBN-10 023055511X
Release 2009-04-28
Pages 261
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Granted that it originated in the geopolitics of the late seventeenth century, what should now be the relationship of the established Church of England with a British state at once more secular and plurally religious? What are the implications for the Crown, the legislature, other religions and the Church itself? This study explains current arrangements not only in England but also in Scotland and--with special emphasis on Scandinavia--the rest of the EU, and ventures some future scenarios.

Religion State and Society

Religion  State  and Society Author Robert Fatton
ISBN-10 023061230X
Release 2009
Pages 240
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This book examines the relationship between religion and the state in a comparative perspective with special attention paid to the Western and Middle-Eastern experiences. It examines the resurgence of “fundamentalism” not only in developing nations but also in economically affluent “post-modern” societies. It seeks to elucidate whether the fusion between religion and politics is compatible with tolerance and individual freedom; or whether the Jeffersonian “wall of separation” is necessary to insure the flowering of democracy.

Social Theory and Practice

Social Theory and Practice Author
ISBN-10 UOM:39015063388352
Release 2005
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Church state Relations in Crisis

Church state Relations in Crisis Author Stephen V. Monsma
ISBN-10 UOM:39015054167278
Release 2002-01-01
Pages 276
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Increasingly the Supreme Court's strict separationist, no-aid-to-religion doctrine that was in favor during the 1970s and 1980s is being challenged by a new approach aimed at equal treatment or neutrality. In Church-State Relations in Crisis, political scientist Stephen V. Monsma explores the neutrality principle and arguments for and against it. Monsma uses the Supreme Court's Mitchell v. Helms decision as the starting point for his discussion and argues that Mitchell v. Helms more directly than any other decision was based on this new idea of neutrality in Church-State relations. Monsma examines the three, strongly worded opinions of the court, and presents ten diverse essays by leading scholars analyzing the opinions and their impact on the establishment clause interpretation and public policy. Designed specifically for students of the law and religion and politics, Church-State Relations in Crisis is a well-balanced collection and an outstanding source for debate on the future of government and religion in the United States.