9781107026094

Beyond Church and State

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  • ISBN13:

    9781107026094

  • ISBN10:

    1107026091

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/29/2013
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Summary

Secularism is often imagined in Thomas Jefferson's words as "a wall of separation between Church & State." Religion, Politics, and Democracy moves past that standard picture to argue that secularism is a process that reshapes both religion and politics. Borrowing a term from religious traditions, the book goes further to argue that this process should be understood as a process of conversion. Matthew Scherer studies Saint Augustine, John Locke, John Rawls, Henri Bergson, and Stanley Cavell to present a more accurate picture of what secularism is, what it does, and how it can be reimagined to be more conducive to genuine democracy.

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