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Two Conceptions of Secularism<sup>1</sup>

Dr Lorenzo Zucca

in A Secular Europe

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199592784
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191738906 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592784.003.0002
Two Conceptions of Secularism1

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The failure of the European Constitution ignited two apparently independent debates: what is the future of European states and what is the place of Christian values in the European public sphere. In recent years, the latter question became more and more burning, so much so that the future of European secular states is considered to be very much dependent on its ability to cope with the alleged threat of religion. This chapter distinguishes two competing diagnoses of the same problem and suggests that the only way out for Europe is to be committed to a robust form of secularism that does not exclude religious minorities from the public sphere, but instead protects diversity within a unitary legal framework.

Keywords: secular; secularism; secularization; laïcité; crisis

Chapter.  10204 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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