Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism / Edition 1

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Overview

Religious pluralism is everywhere in today's politics. Increased immigration flows, the collapse of communism, and the globalization of communications technologies have all fostered a wider variety of religious beliefs, practices, and organizations within and across democratic societies. This is true in both the United States and Europe, where growing and diverse minority communities are transforming the political landscape. As a result, controversies over such things as headscarves and depictions of Mohammed are unsettling a largely secular Europe, while a Christian majority in the US faces familiar questions about church-state relations amidst unprecedented religious diversity. Far from receding into the background, religious language pervades arguments around established issues such as abortion and capital punishment, and new ones such as stem cell research and same-sex marriage. In Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism, leading scholars from multiple disciplines explore these dynamics and their implications for democratic theory and practice. What are the contours of this new religious pluralism? What are its implications for the theory and practice of democracy? Does increasing religious pluralism erode the cultural and social foundations of democracy? To what extent do different religious communities embrace similar — or at least compatible — ethical and political commitments? By seeking answers to these questions and revealing religious pluralism as both a source of animosity and a potent force for peaceful engagement, this book offers a revealing look at the future of religion in democratic societies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195307290
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/7/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Banchoff is Associate Professor of Government and Director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University. He is the author of The German Problem Transformed: Institutions, Politics, and Foreign Policy (1999) and co-editor of Legitimacy and the European Union: The Contested Polity (1999).

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Thomas Banchoff
Part I: Contours of the New Religious Pluralism
2. Pluralism, Protestantization and the Voluntary Principle, Peter L. Berger
3. Uneven Secularization in the U.S. and Western Europe, Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart
4. Immigration and the New Religious Pluralism: An EU/U.S. Comparison, José Casanova
5. The Transnational Struggle for Jewish Pluralism, Yossi Shain
6. Politicians' Perceptions of the Muslim "Problem": The Dutch Example in European Context, Sam Cherribi
7. America's Muslims: Issues of Identity, Religious Diversity, and Pluralism, John L. Esposito
8. Religious Diversity in a "Christian Nation:" American Identity and American Democracy, Robert Wuthnow
Part II: Democratic Responses to the New Religious Pluralism
9. Radical Evil in Liberal Democracies: The Neglect of the Political Emotions, Martha C. Nussbaum
10. Islam and the Republic: the French Case, Daniéle Hervieu-Léger
11. Pluralism, Tolerance, and Democracy: Theory and Practice in Europe, Gracie Davie
12. American Religious Pluralism: Civic and Theological Discourse, Diana L. Eck
13. The End of "Religious Pluralism" A Tribute to David Burrell, C.S.C., Stanley Hauerwas
14. A Voice of One's Own: Public Faith in a Pluralistic World, Miroslav Volf
15. Stem Cell Politics, Religious and Secular: The United States and France Compared, Thomas Banchoff

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