Edited by Paul J. Weithman
Political philosophy in the English-speaking world has been dominated for more than two decades by various versions of liberal theory, which holds that political inquiry should proceed without reference to religious views. Although a number of philosophers have contested this stance, no one has succeeded in dislodging liberalism from its position of dominance.
The most interesting challenges to liberalism have come from those outside of the discipline of philosophy. Sociologists, legal scholars, and religious ethicists have attacked liberalism’s embodiment in practice, arguing that liberal practice-particularly in the United States-has produced a culture which trivializes religion. This culture, they argue, is at odds with the beliefs and practices of large numbers of citizens.
In the past, disciplinary barriers have limited scholarly exchange among
philosophical liberals and their theological, sociological and legal critics. _Religion and Contemporary Liberalism _ makes an important step towards increased dialogue among these scholars. A collection of original papers by philosophers, sociologists, theologians, and legal theorists, this volume will spark considerable debate in philosophy-debate which will be significant for all of those concerned with the place of religion within a liberal society.
“Highly recommended.” — Choice
“Although this collection of essays joins what has become a massive series of books, articles, and symposia considering the ‘religion-and-liberal-democracy’ issue, its overall approach is refreshingly different.” — Ethics
“This is a provocative and useful set of essays for anyone who wishes to think again about the role of religion in a healthy, pluralistic democratic culture. The collection is especially relevant for those interested in church/state issues and who are willing to ask: does our commitment to democratic practices demand neutrality or impartiality from the state with respect to religion and secular points of view?” — Journal of Church & State