Religion in the Public Square

Each philosopher first states his position in detail, then responds to and criticizes the opposing viewpoint. Written with engaging clarity, Religion in the Public Square will spur discussion among scholars, students, and citizens.

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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9780585080734

Category: Philosophy

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This vigorous debate between two distinguished philosophers presents two views on a topic of worldwide importance: the role of religion in politics. Audi argues that citizens in a free democracy should distinguish religious and secular considerations and give them separate though related roles. Wolterstorff argues that religious elements are both appropriate in politics and indispensable to the vitality of a pluralistic democracy. Each philosopher first states his position in detail, then responds to and criticizes the opposing viewpoint. Written with engaging clarity, Religion in the Public Square will spur discussion among scholars, students, and citizens.

Religion in the Public Square

In Religion in the Public Square, James M. Patterson considers religious leaders who popularized theology through media campaigns designed to persuade the public.

Author: James M. Patterson

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812250985

Category: History

Page: 248

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In Religion in the Public Square, James M. Patterson considers religious leaders who popularized theology through media campaigns designed to persuade the public. Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Rev. Jerry Falwell differed profoundly on issues of theology and politics, but they shared an approach to public ministry that aimed directly at changing how Americans understood the nature and purpose of their country. From the 1930s through the 1950s, Sheen was an early adopter of paperbacks, radio, and television to condemn totalitarian ideologies and to defend American Catholicism against Protestant accusations of divided loyalty. During the 1950s and 1960s, King staged demonstrations and boycotts that drew the mass media to him. The attention provided him the platform to preach Christian love as a political foundation in direct opposition to white supremacy. Falwell started his own church, which he developed into a mass media empire. He then leveraged it during the late 1970s through the 1980s to influence the Republican Party by exhorting his audience to not only ally with religious conservatives around issues of abortion and the traditional family but also to vote accordingly. Sheen, King, and Falwell were so successful in popularizing their theological ideas that they won prestigious awards, had access to presidents, and witnessed the results of their labors. However, Patterson argues that Falwell's efforts broke with the longstanding refusal of religious public figures to participate directly in partisan affairs and thereby catalyzed the process of politicizing religion that undermined the Judeo-Christian consensus that formed the foundation of American politics.

Faith in the Public Square

In this, the final published work of his Archepiscopate, Dr Williams has assembled a series of chapters on matters of immediate public concern and the relationship of Christianity to these issues.

Author: Rowan Williams

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408187609

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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Archbishop Rowan Williams is the most gifted Anglican priest of his generation. His views are consistent and orthodox and yet he has been consistently misunderstood - especially in relation to his views on contemporary society, public morality and the common good. In this, the final published work of his Archepiscopate, Dr Williams has assembled a series of chapters on matters of immediate public concern and the relationship of Christianity to these issues. Among his topics are 'Has Secularism Failed?: Europe, Faith and Culture', 'Human Rights and Religious Faith', Changing the Myths We Live By', 'Housekeeping: The Economic Challenge', 'The Gifts Reserved for Age: Perceptions of the Elderly', and 'Analysing Atheism'.

The Naked Public Square

"The naked public square"--which results from the exclusion of popular values from the public forum--will almost certainly result in the death of democracy.

Author: Richard John Neuhaus

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802800807

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

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Underlying the many crises in American life, writes Richard John Neuhaus, is a crisis of faith. It is not enough that more people should believe or that those who believe should believe more strongly. Rather, the faith of persons and communities must be more compellingly related to the public arena. "The naked public square"--which results from the exclusion of popular values from the public forum--will almost certainly result in the death of democracy. The great challenge, says Neuhaus, is the reconstruction of a public philosophy that can undergird American life and America's ambiguous place in the world. To be truly democratic and to endure, such a public philosophy must be grounded in values that are based on Judeo-Christian religion. The remedy begins with recognizing that democratic theory and practice, which have in the past often been indifferent or hostile to religion, must now be legitimated in terms compatible with biblical faith. Neuhaus explores the strengths and weaknesses of various sectors of American religion in pursuing this task of critical legitimation. Arguing that America is now engaged in an historic moment of testing, he draws upon Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish thinkers who have in other moments of testing seen that the stakes are very high--for America, for the promise of democratic freedom elsewhere, and possibly for God's purpose in the world. An honest analysis of the situation, says Neuhaus, shatters false polarizations between left and right, liberal and conservative. In a democratic culture, the believer's respect for nonbelievers is not a compromise but a requirement of the believer's faith. Similarly, the democratic rights of those outside the communities of religious faith can be assured only by the inclusion of religiously-grounded values in the common life. The Naked Public Square does not offer yet another partisan program for political of social change. Rather, it offers a deeply disturbing, but finally hopeful, examination of Abraham Lincoln's century-old question--whether this nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.

Religion Returns to the Public Square

Uncovering philosophical, historical, legal, and social roots of this relationship, these essays go beyond hot-button issues to reflect on the current interactions and future possibilities of religion and politics in America.

Author: Hugh Heclo

Publisher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press

ISBN: 0801871956

Category: Political Science

Page: 382

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Despite talk of a "naked public square," religion has never really lost its place in American public life. As the twenty-first century opened, it was re-emerging in unexpected and paradoxical ways. Religious institutions were considered for expanded roles in welfare and education, at the same time that the limits of religious pluralism–-as, for example, in the relation of Islam to American values—became a question of urgent public concern. Religion Returns to the Public Square;Faith and Policy in America explores how and why religion has to be mixed up with American politics. Uncovering philosophical, historical, legal, and social roots of this relationship, these essays go beyond hot-button issues to reflect on the current interactions and future possibilities of religion and politics in America. Table of ContentsPart I: The Big Picture1. An Introduction to Religion and Public Policy Hugh Heclo2. Two Concepts of Secularism Wilfred M. McClay3. The Religious Conscience and the State in American Constitutional Law, 1789-2000 Charles J. Reid, Jr.4. What is a Public Religion? Jose CasanovaPart II: Religion in Political Action5. Faith and Morals: Religion in American Democracy Wilson Carey McWilliams6. Faith in Politics A. James Reichley7. Mainstream Protestantism, 'Conservative' Religion, and Civil Society D. G. HartPart III: Policy Applications8. American Catholicism, Catholic Charities U.S.A., and Welfare Reform John A. Coleman, S.J.9. Charitable Choice: Bringing Religion Back into American Welfare Stanley W. Carlson-Thies10. Public Education Changes Partners Charles Glenn11. With God on Their Side: Religion and American Foreign Policy William Martin

The Meaning of Religious Freedom in the Public Square

This book offers a new perspective on religious freedom. Its central theme is to elucidate the meaning of religion and freedom in discussions related to religious freedom and the place of religion in the public square.

Author: Pablo Munoz Iturrieta

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532639708

Category: Religion

Page: 310

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This book offers a new perspective on religious freedom. Its central theme is to elucidate the meaning of religion and freedom in discussions related to religious freedom and the place of religion in the public square. One often hears that either religion must be tamed by restricting its access to public power, or that in the name of neutrality and equality no religious reasoning may be used in the political sphere, as it may be coercive to other worldviews. There is also the idea that “religion” is a feature of human life essentially distinct from “secular” features such as politics and economics, and which has a peculiarly dangerous inclination to promote violence. Thus, the meaning of religious freedom in the twenty-first century seems uncertain. For that reason, it is necessary to clarify the meaning of religious freedom, especially in relation to the public sphere, in order to offer an answer that will guide us in discerning issues of religious freedom.

The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere

Eduardo Mendieta is professor of philosophy at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. --

Author: Judith Butler

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231156462

Category: Philosophy

Page: 137

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Eduardo Mendieta is professor of philosophy at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. --

The Global Public Square

Recognizing that tyranny takes on secular as well as traditional guises, Os Guinness seeks a return to the first principles of religious and political freedom.

Author: Os Guinness

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830837670

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Recognizing that tyranny takes on secular as well as traditional guises, Os Guinness seeks a return to the first principles of religious and political freedom. Hearkening back to the "soul liberty" of English Puritan Roger Williams, Guinness argues that a society's greatest bulwark against abuse lies in its people's freedom of conscience.

Why Politics Needs Religion

In fact, Sweetman contends that "politics needs religion if it is to be truly democratic, concerned with fairness among worldviews, equality and a vigorous public discussion."

Author: Brendan Sweetman

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830877751

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Can relligion and politics mix? Many voices reply, "No way!" Yet in this provocative and timely book, Brendan Sweetman argues against this charge and the various sophisticated arguments that support it. As we witness the clash of religious and secular worldviews he claims that our pluralistic democratic society will be best served when the faith elements of secularism are acknowledged and the rational elements of religious arguments are allowed to inform the momentous debates taking place in the public square. In fact, Sweetman contends that "politics needs religion if it is to be truly democratic, concerned with fairness among worldviews, equality and a vigorous public discussion."

Secret Faith in the Public Square

This book should be read and discussed widely."--Bryan Stone, Boston University School of Theology

Author: Jonathan Malesic

Publisher: Brazos Press

ISBN: 9781587432262

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Provocatively argues that concealing Christian identity in American public life is the best way to maintain faithful witness and integrity.

When Faith Storms the Public Square

To some, the notion of mixing religious groups and community organizing may seem a pleasing prospect, an idea long overdue.

Author: Kendall Clark Baker

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781780990071

Category: Religion

Page: 227

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To some, the notion of mixing religious groups and community organizing may seem a pleasing prospect, an idea long overdue. To others, it may be anathema. Like it or not, however, this blending is a reality that has been forged in streets and meeting halls day by day, from the very beginnings of our country to the present-day touchstones of President Barack Obama.

Christians in the Public Square

This book calls Christians to resist meanness, divisiveness, and dogmatism in the public square by enacting love, attending to moral ambiguity, and practicing theological humility - in other words, to transform politics by refusing to play ...

Author: Ellen Ott Marshall

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498235846

Category: Religion

Page: 156

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This book calls Christians to resist meanness, divisiveness, and dogmatism in the public square by enacting love, attending to moral ambiguity, and practicing theological humility - in other words, to transform politics by refusing to play politics.

Theology in the Public Square

This book will be of interest to those concerned with the future of the university as well as to students and teachers of theology and religion.

Author: Gavin D'Costa

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118718438

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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This imaginative study rethinks the nature of theology and its rolein universities. The author sketches out a fascinating project using examplesfrom US and UK institutions, whereby theology becomes atransformative force within universities. Imagines what a Christian university, in which all disciplineshave been theologized, would look like. Feeds into discussions about the religious identity ofdenominationally-linked colleges and universities. Forms part of a wider attempt to imagine a vital public rolefor theology that enables it to serve both the Church and the widercommunity.

Faith in the Public Square

Read these essays to discover the answers, and perhaps find a new optimism for the future as you do. Anyone can benefit, but pastors and church leaders will find help in demonstrating their faith in the public square.

Author: Robert D. Cornwall

Publisher: Energion Publications

ISBN: 9781938434426

Category: Religion

Page: 184

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What happens when a newspaper editor gives his primary editorial slot on Sundays to a pastor? In the case of Bob Cornwall, a pastor in Troy, Michigan, the result is a series of relevant, interesting, and challenging essays that go well beyond the local scene while still managing to be relevant to Americans in their local situation. Now extensively revised and organized as to theme, these essays form a coherent statement of progressive Christianity at work in the public square. At the same time they are seasoned with a look at how the public square influences the spiritual life of a Christian living in mid-America. The 52 essays in this collection go well beyond one place and time. You will find yourself, your community, your state, your nation, and your world in each. Can a person of faith be involved in the public square with integrity? Is public policy made better by this action? Can faith remain whole and genuine following the encounter? Read these essays to discover the answers, and perhaps find a new optimism for the future as you do. Anyone can benefit, but pastors and church leaders will find help in demonstrating their faith in the public square.

Catholics in the Public Square

You will learn the answers to these important issues and more: How to fight against secularization in our society and the misrepresentation of faith in public How Catholics can contribute to a culture of life What role Catholic doctrine ...

Author: Thomas J. Olmsted

Publisher: Saint Benedict Press

ISBN: 1618908545

Category: Political Science

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Part of The Shepherd s Voice Series The Shepherd s Voice Series brings you the current teaching of Bishops and Cardinals on vital topics facing the Catholic Church today. As Catholics in the modern world, we have certain responsibilities to our nation, our families and ourselves. What duties we owe can be a matter of considerable debate. Popular culture tells us that we shouldn t speak about religion and politics in the public arena. But what is our authentic role as Catholics in today s world? Bishop Olmstead explains what is appropriate in today s secular world and how we should seek to influence our nation and the political process, in light of our Catholic faith. You will learn the answers to these important issues and more: How to fight against secularization in our society and the misrepresentation of faith in public How Catholics can contribute to a culture of life What role Catholic doctrine should play in the public square What issues can ban Catholics from Holy Communion What the non-negotiable issues are for Catholics involved in politics What main responsibilities Catholics have to their families "

The Last Freedom

In The Last Freedom, Joseph Viteritti argues that there is a basic tension between religion and democracy because religion often rejects compromise as a matter of principle while democracy requires compromise to thrive.

Author: Joseph P. Viteritti

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400827848

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

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The presidency of George W. Bush has polarized the church-state debate as never before. The Far Right has been emboldened to use religion to govern, while the Far Left has redoubled its efforts to evict religion from public life entirely. Fewer people on the Right seem to respect the church-state separation, and fewer people on the Left seem to respect religion itself--still less its free exercise in any situation that is not absolutely private. In The Last Freedom, Joseph Viteritti argues that there is a basic tension between religion and democracy because religion often rejects compromise as a matter of principle while democracy requires compromise to thrive. In this readable, original, and provocative book, Viteritti argues that Americans must guard against debasing politics with either antireligious bigotry or religious zealotry. Drawing on politics, history, and law, he defines a new approach to the church-state question that protects the religious and the secular alike. Challenging much conventional opinion, Viteritti argues that the courts have failed to adequately protect religious minorities, that the rights of the religious are under greater threat than those of the secular, and that democracy exacts greater compromises and sacrifices from the religious than it does from the secular. He takes up a wide range of controversies, including the pledge of allegiance, school prayer, school vouchers, evolution, abortion, stem-cell research, gay marriage, and religious displays on public property. A fresh and surprising approach to the church-state question, The Last Freedom is squarely aimed at the wide center of the public that is frustrated with the extremes of both the Left and the Right.

The Contested Public Square

This book introduces the history of Christian political thought traced out in Western culture--a culture experiencing the dissolution of a long-fought-for consensus around natural law theory.

Author: Greg Forster

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830879090

Category: Religion

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Christian thinking about involvement in human government was not born (or born again!) with the latest elections or with the founding of the Moral Majority in 1979. The history of Christian political thinking goes back to the first decades of the church's existence under persecution. Building on biblical foundations, that thinking has developed over time. This book introduces the history of Christian political thought traced out in Western culture--a culture experiencing the dissolution of a long-fought-for consensus around natural law theory. Understanding our current crisis, where there is little agreement and often opposing views about how to maintain both religious freedom and liberal democracy, requires exploring how we got where we are. Greg Forster tells that backstory with deft discernment and clear insight. He offers this retrospective not only to inform but also to point the way beyond the current impasse in the contested public square. Illuminated by sidebars on key moments in history, major figures and questions for further consideration, this book will significantly inform Christian scholars' and students' reading and interpretation of history.

Jews and the American Public Square

This book captures the current mood of the Jewish community: both committed to the separation of church and state and perplexed about its scope and application.

Author: Alan Mittleman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742521249

Category: Political Science

Page: 375

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Jews and the American Public Square is a study of how Jews have grappled with the presence of religion, both their own and others, in American public life. It surveys historical Jewish approaches to church-state relations and analyzes Jewish responses to the religion clauses of the First Amendment. The book also explores how the contemporary sociological and political characteristics of American Jews bear on their understanding of the public dimensions of American religion. In addition to a descriptive and analytic approach. the volume is also critical and polemical. Its contributors attack and defend prevailing views, raise critical questions about the political and intellectual positions favored by American Jews, and propose new syntheses. This book captures the current mood of the Jewish community: both committed to the separation of church and state and perplexed about its scope and application. It provides the necessary background for a principled reconsideration of the problem of religion in the public square.

Religion in the Public Square

The contributions in this volume offer insight into these debates across jurisdictions.

Author: Renata Uitz

Publisher: Eleven International Pub

ISBN: 9462364311

Category: Political Science

Page: 222

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What is the place of religion and religious convictions in government, politics, and in public life - taking into consideration the need to respect the free exercise of religion? Challenges to existing arrangements of church-state affairs come from many corners of domestic debates and international relations. Probably most spectacularly, it also stems from the vicinity of the religious freedom of less established (or less popular) holders of faith. The underlying difficulty of these debates is that at first sight they appear to tackle the issue of the plurality of any polity, not only in its religious composition, but also concerning the community's racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity, often with lasting political consequences. The contributions in this volume offer insight into these debates across jurisdictions. Contents include: Roads to Constitutional Secularism: The Foundations of a Political-Legal Concept * Religious Fundamentalism as a Challenge to the Constitutional State * The Islamist Shari'atization of Polity and Society: A Source of Intercivilizational Conflict? * How "Reasonable" is Accommodation? * Between Aggression and Acceptance: Law, Tolerance, and Religion in Europe * De Facto Secularism in a Diversifying Religious Environment: The Changing Relationship between State and Religion in Europe * The Strasbourg Court on Issues of Religion in the Public Schools System * Russia's "Orthodox" Foreign Policy * Guide to the Perplexed: Navigating Through the Labyrinth of Forum Internum and Forum Externum in Canon Law and Public International Law (Series: Issues in Constitutional Law [ICL] - Vol. 8) [Subject: Politics, Religious Studies, Constitutional Law, Human Rights Law, Public International Law, European Law]

Muslims Place in the American Public Square

This, the first volume from the Muslims in the American Public Square research project, gives theoretical and demographic portraits of Muslims in the American civil landscape.

Author: Zahid Hussain Bukhari

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 0759106134

Category: Religion

Page: 396

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This, the first volume from the Muslims in the American Public Square research project, gives theoretical and demographic portraits of Muslims in the American civil landscape.