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The Agnostic AgeLaw, Religion, and the Constitution$
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Paul Horwitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199737727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737727.001.0001

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The new commissars of enlightenment: the new atheists, the new anti-atheists, and the new agnosticism

The new commissars of enlightenment: the new atheists, the new anti-atheists, and the new agnosticism

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(p.123) 4 The new commissars of enlightenment: the new atheists, the new anti-atheists, and the new agnosticism
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The Agnostic Age
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Paul Horwitz (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737727.003.0004

This chapter elaborates on the status of religion in liberal democracies (or the promotion of individual liberties). Issues pertaining to liberty and individual rights are perceived to be addressed by constitutional agnosticism, and three things are put into consideration. In line with this, an overview of the disagreements between the approaches and/or dispositions of the so-called new atheists and new anti-atheists is presented. Although the said contentions lead to cultural war, they are believed to be non-gratifying. In summary, despite the recommendation of constitutional agnosticism, in response to the extreme notions on religious truths, we cannot help but admit that the aforementioned solution serves as another medium towards understanding absolute knowledge, but it cannot mediate between the two opposing sides.

Keywords:   religion, liberal democracy, constitutional agnosticism, new atheists, new anti-atheists, cultural war

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