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Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism$
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Thomas Banchoff

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307221.001.0001

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 Pluralism, Protestantization, and the Voluntary Principle

 Pluralism, Protestantization, and the Voluntary Principle

(p.19) 2 Pluralism, Protestantization, and the Voluntary Principle
Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism

Peter L. Berger (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines the institutional and personal implications of globalized religion, and the relation of these to democracy. Topics covered include the institutional and cognitive implications of religious pluralism; and the “voluntary imperative” concept, which imposes itself whenever religious pluralism predominates. The chapter argues that the relation between pluralism and democracy is complex. One cannot simply say that pluralism is either good or bad for democracy. It will be either, depending on the response to it by both religious and political institutions.

Keywords:   globalized religion, institutionalism, religious pluralism, democracy, voluntary imperative

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