Why Politics Needs Religion The Place of Religious Arguments in the Public Square

ISBN-10: 0830828427
ISBN-13: 9780830828425
Edition: 2006
Authors: Brendan Sweetman
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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 9/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Brendan Sweetman is Professor of Philosophy at Rockhurst University, USA. He is author and editor of ten books, including Religion and Science: An Introduction (2010) and Religion: Key Concepts in Philosophy (2007).

Acknowledgments
Introduction: A New Perspective on Religion and Politics
Understanding Worldviews
Worldviews: The Center and the Outer Edges
Two Major Worldviews in Contemporary America
The Formal Structure of a Worldview
Worldviews and Faith
The Rationality of Worldviews
Worldviews and Religion
Foundational and Nonfoundational Beliefs
Lower-Order and Higher-Order Beliefs
Promoting Our Worldview: Belief, Action and Ritual
The Worldview of Secularism
Secularism Today
Secularism, Politics and Seculocracy
The Influence of Secularism on Religion
Secularism as a Worldview
Secularism as a Religion
Religious Beliefs and Reason
What Does It Mean to Describe a Belief as "Religious"?
Reason as a Source of Religious Beliefs
The Rationality of Religious Belief
Introducing Reasonable Religious Beliefs into Politics
How Should We Handle Reasonable Disagreements?
Keeping Religion Out of Politics I
Religious Beliefs Should Be Excluded Because They Are "Religious"
Traditional Religious Beliefs Cannot Be Based on Reason and Evidence
"Secular Reason" Does Not Imply Secularism
Secularism Can Better Achieve Overall Agreement Among Worldviews
Keeping Religion Out of Politics II
Most Religious Beliefs Are Higher-Order Beliefs, and So Should Be Kept Private
Religion Is Dangerous; Secularism Is Benign
Religious Beliefs Should Not Be Forced by Law on Those Who Do Not Think They Are True
Religious Views Should Be Excluded According to the U.S. Constitution
Rawls, Religion and Democracy
Arguing from Within Our Worldview
John Rawls's Political Liberalism
Problems with Rawls's Theory
Religion and Democracy
The Principle of Religious Freedom
Religion in Politics
Introducing Lower-Order, Rational Beliefs into Public Arguments
A Seculocracy for a Secularist People?
Some Practical Applications
The Relationship Between Church and State
A Fictional Example: Form and Content
Looking at the World Upside Down: On Revising Our Terminology
Pluralism, Relativism and Religious Debates: American Style
American Pluralism
School Prayer
Display of Traditional Religious Symbols in Public Places
Religion and Moral Issues: The Euthanasia Debate in Oregon
Moral Relativism in American Culture
The Problems with Relativism
The Rhetoric of Relativism
Tolerance: Traditional and Contemporary Meanings
Epilogue
Select Bibliography
Index

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