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<i>The Perils of ‘Pluralism</i>’

Basil Mitchell

in Faith and Criticism

Published in print January 1995 | ISBN: 9780198267584
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683312 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267584.003.0008
The Perils of ‘Pluralism’

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The notion that Christian beliefs and values should have any recognition in public life is repudiated, not, overtly at least, in order that some other set of values should take their place, but because it is assumed that, as a society, we need no common values over and above the minimum necessary to hold society together. The expression ‘in our plural society’ is generally used to represent this point of view. The assumption is that the Church of England will tacitly accept the purely private role that is offered it and will be content to regard the establishment as a dead letter. The fact that pluralism in its theoretical guise is incoherent does not prevent its being a potent propaganda weapon. It enables its proponents to disable the opposition by depriving them of the right to influence public policy while at the same time appearing themselves as the defenders and exemplars of toleration.

Keywords: Church of England; pluralism; propaganda; public policy; beliefs; values; society

Chapter.  5538 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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