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Religion in the public square: the place of religious by Nicholas Wolterstorff

By Nicholas Wolterstorff

This energetic debate among extraordinary philosophers provides perspectives on an issue of globally significance: the position of faith in politics. Audi argues that voters in a unfastened democracy should still distinguish non secular and secular issues and provides them separate notwithstanding similar roles. Wolterstorff argues that spiritual parts are either applicable in politics and vital to the power of a pluralistic democracy. every one thinker first states his place intimately, then responds to and criticizes the opposing standpoint. Written with attractive readability, faith within the Public sq. will spur dialogue between students, scholars, and electorate.

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I take the principles in turn. The Libertarian principle It seems to me beyond dispute that from the moral point of view a society without religious liberty is simply not adequately free. Moreover, freedom is required for democracy, at least in any sense of 'democracy' relevant here. Thus, if one's ideal is a free and democratic society, one wants a social (presumably constitutional) framework to guarantee at least this much religious liberty: (1) freedom of religious belief, understood to prohibit the state or anyone else from forcibly inculcating religious beliefs in the general population4; (2) freedom of worship, involving, minimally, a right of peaceable religious assembly, as well as a right to offer prayers by oneself; and Page 5 (3) freedom to engage in (and to teach one's children if one has any) the rites and rituals of one's religion, provided these practices do not violate certain basic moral rights.

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24 Theo-ethical Equilibrium If these considerations from philosophical theology and ethical theory are sound, then civic virtue on the part of the religious should embody a commitment to theo-ethical equilibriuma rational integration between religious deliverances and insights and, on the other hand, secular ethical considerations. Thus, a seemingly sound moral conclusion that goes against one's scriptures or one's well-established religious tradition should be scrutinized for error; a religious demand that appears to abridge moral rights should be studied for such mistakes as misinterpretation of what it requires, errors in a translation of some supporting text, and distortion of a religious experience apparently revealing the demand; a major moral principle derived from only one of the five sources of religious obligation should, in many cases, be tested against one or more of the other four and perhaps also against some secular source.

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