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Religion and the Obligations of Citizenship by Paul J. Weithman

By Paul J. Weithman

This booklet takes factor with those that may search to put regulations at the participation of non secular firms in politics, arguing that their place underestimates the advantages, and overestimates the prices, of getting religiously influenced voters perform this fashion. it is going to entice readers in philosophy and politics.

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Thus in calling someone a participant, we can assert that she is entitled to certain rights and privileges, that she has certain responsibilities toward her society, and that she deserves certain forms of respect from government and in civil society. In what follows I shall use the term “participant” in this second sense.  Religion and the obligations of citizenship Not all who have the status of participant are legally or politically equal. Some rights and privileges are reserved for adults, or for those who are legally citizens.

If so, data about American churches are helpful because they suggest what parallels to look for and how those parallels bear on the place of comprehensive views in democratic decision-making. There is another reason for using data from the United States, one which can be brought out by considering an objection to relying on empirical data at all. The objection is that sociological data do not merely limit the generality of conclusions. They are irrelevant to philosophical disputes. For it is always open to political philosophers to adopt a stance which is critical and revisionary of the existing practices social scientific inquiry reveals.

The arguments about what role they should  I am grateful to Kraig Beyerlein for helpful correspondence on this point. Religion’s role in promoting democracy  or would play do not depend at all upon the sort of data I shall marshal in this chapter. What they depend upon are the conceptual claims about freedom, equality and legitimacy which lie at the heart of liberal democratic theory. The problem with this objection is that theoretical arguments often do depend upon intuitions and empirical conjectures.

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