Reason, Religion, and Democracy

Reason, Religion, and Democracy

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by Dennis C. Mueller
     
 

"The rise of religious fundamentalism in different parts of the world in recent years and its association with terrorism has led to a renewed interest in the nature of religion and its compatibility with Western institutions. Much of the focus of this new interest has contrasted religion and science as two different systems of knowledge. This book also emphasizes

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"The rise of religious fundamentalism in different parts of the world in recent years and its association with terrorism has led to a renewed interest in the nature of religion and its compatibility with Western institutions. Much of the focus of this new interest has contrasted religion and science as two different systems of knowledge. This book also emphasizes the difference between religion and science as a means for understanding causal relationships, but it focuses more on the challenge religious extremism poses for liberal democratic institutions." This book contains a discussion of human psychology, describes the salient characteristics of all religions, and contrasts religion and science as systems of thought. Historical sketches are used to link modernity and the use of the human capacity for reasoning to advance human welfare, The book describes the conditions under which democratic institutions can advance human welfare and the nature of constitutional rights as protectors of individual freedoms. Extremist religions are shown to pose a threat to liberal democracy, a threat that has implications for immigration, education policies, and the definition of citizenship.

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ISBN-13:
9780521115018
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/24/2009
Pages:
460
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1 Liberal Democracy 1

Pt. I Fundamentals: Evolution, Psychology, Reasoning, and Religion

2 Evolution, Psychology, and Reason 31

3 Religion 51

Pt. II A Historical Look at the State, Democracy, and Religion

4 The First States 79

5 Athens and Rome 93

6 The Caliphate 116

7 The Renaissance 136

8 The Enlightenment 159

9 Religion and Democracy After the French Revolution 197

Epilogue to Part Two 235

Pt. III The Institutions of Liberal Democracy

10 Democracy and Citizenship 239

11 Rights 271

12 Education, Citizenship, Immigration, and Democracy 316

Pt. IV Challenges to Liberal Democracy

13 Democracy and Religion 355

14 Building and Protecting Liberal Democracy 400

References 419

Author Index 437

Subject Index 442

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