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Religious Voices in Public Places$
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Nigel Biggar and Linda Hogan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566624

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566624.001.0001

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Why Can't We All Just Get Along with Each Other?

Why Can't We All Just Get Along with Each Other?

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(p.17) 1 Why Can't We All Just Get Along with Each Other?
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Nicholas Wolterstorff (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566624.003.0002

A prominent theme in the mentality of modernity is that in situations of religious pluralism, determinate religion harbours coercion and violence, and that such religion must ‘shape up’ if it is to be compatible with liberal democracy. Different writers have proposed different ways of ‘shaping up’. This book argues that all such proposals are bound to fail, and that the relevant question is, accordingly, what are the structural principles concerning the relation between religion and the political order that a determinate religion must affirm if it is to accept liberal democracy. The book suggests a number of such principles.

Keywords:   determinate religion, liberal democracy, coercion, violence, political order

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