ISBN-10:
069100708X
ISBN-13:
9780691007083
Pub. Date:
04/24/2000
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Obligations of Citizenship and Demands of Faith: Religious Accommodation in Pluralist Democracies / Edition 1

Obligations of Citizenship and Demands of Faith: Religious Accommodation in Pluralist Democracies / Edition 1

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Overview

Of the many challenges facing liberal democracy, none is as powerful and pervasive today as those posed by religion. These are the challenges taken up in Obligations of Citizenship and Demands of Faith, an exploration of the place of religion in contemporary public life.


The essays in this volume suggest that two important shifts have altered the balance between the competing obligations of citizenship and faith: the growth of religious pluralism and the escalating calls of religious groups for some measure of autonomy or recognition from democratic majorities. The authors—political theorists, philosophers, legal scholars, and social scientists—collectively argue that more room should be made for religion in today's democratic societies. Though they advocate different ways of carving out and justifying the proper bounds of "church and state" in pluralist democracies, they all write from within democratic theory and share the aim of democratic accommodation of religion. Alert to national differences in political circumstances and the particularities of constitutional and legal systems, these contributors consider the question of religious accommodation from the standpoint of institutional practices and law as well as that of normative theory.


Unique in its interdisciplinary approach and comparative focus, this volume makes a timely and much-needed intervention in current debates about religion and politics. The contributors are Nancy L. Rosenblum, Alan Wolfe, Ronald Thiemann, Michael McConnell, Graham Walker, Amy Gutmann, Kent Greenawalt, Aviam Soifer, Harry Hirsch, Gary Jacobsohn, Yael Tamir, Martha Nussbaum, and Carol Weisbrod.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691007083
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 04/24/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Nancy L. Rosenblum is the Henry Merritt Wriston Professor and Professor of Political Science at Brown University. She is the author of Another Liberalism: Romanticism and the Reconstruction of Liberal Thought, Bentham's Theory of the Modern State, and Membership and Morals. She is the editor of Liberalism and the Moral Life and Thoreau's Political Writings.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS vii

INTRODUCTION Pluralism, Integralism, and Political Theories of Religious Accommodation Nancy L. Rosenblum 3

ONE Civil Religion Revisited: Quiet Faith in Middle-Class America Alan Wolfe 32

TWO Public Religion: Bane or Blessing for Democracy? Ronald F. Thiemann 73

THREE Believers as Equal Citizens Michael W. McConnell 90

FOUR Illusory Pluralism, Inexorable Establishment Graham Walker 111

FIVE Religion and State in the United States: A Defense of Two-Way Protection Amy Gutmann 127

SIX Amos: Religious Autonomy and the Moral Uses of Pluralism Nancy L. Rosenblum 165

SEVEN Five Questions about Religion Judges Are Afraid to Ask Kent Greenawalt 196

EIGHT The Fullness of Time Aviam Soifer 245

NINE Let Them Eat Incidentals: RFRA, the Rehnquist Court, and Freedom of Religion H. N. Hirsch 280

TEN "By the Light of Reason": Corruption, Religious Speech, and Constitutional Essentials Gary Jeffrcy Jacobsohn 294

ELEVEN Remember Amalek: Religious Hate Speech Yael Tamir 321

TWELVE Religion and Women's Equality: The Case of India Martha C. Nussbaum 335

THIRTEEN Women and International Human Rights: Some Issues under the Bridge Carol Misbrod 403

LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS 427

INDEX 429

What People are Saying About This

Isaac Kramnick

This book makes a powerful and important case for a greater presence of religion in contemporary democratic life and does this while insisting that this is consistent with the liberal ideals of a pluralist society. It is an important and distinguished volume.
Isaac Kramnick, Richard J. Schwartz, Cornell University

From the Publisher

"This book makes a powerful and important case for a greater presence of religion in contemporary democratic life and does this while insisting that this is consistent with the liberal ideals of a pluralist society. It is an important and distinguished volume."—Isaac Kramnick, Richard J. Schwartz, Cornell University

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