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Religious Organizations and Political Life

Kent Greenawalt

in Private Consciences and Public Reasons

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195094190
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853021 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195094190.003.0015
Religious Organizations and Political Life

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This chapter deals with the involvement of religious groups in politics. The topic bears a close relation to the previous chapter; what religious groups should do politically depends partly on what should count as good reasons for officials and citizens to make up their minds. Of special relevance are conclusions that citizens are properly influenced by religious and other comprehensive views and that legislators properly take such judgments of citizens into account. The chapter seeks to answer the questions surrounding religion and politics.

Keywords: religion; politics; clergy; public office; protestant churches; Social Gospel movement; evangelicals; fundamentalists

Chapter.  6905 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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