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Religion under attack, liberalism under attack

Paul Horwitz

in The Agnostic Age

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199737727
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895267 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737727.003.0001
Religion under attack, liberalism under attack

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This chapter looks at the rise of constitutional agnosticism, which was provoked by a liberal consensus, which provides a means of coming together in spite of differences and plurality. Theories of liberalism need not necessarily imply taking sides or equal statuses, despite the contention that liberalism focuses on the promotion of neutrality and equality. In contrast to these propositions are anti-liberal theories like secularism and John Garvey's reasoning for the attainment of religious freedom. The essential issue here is the question: what perspective are the two opposing views based on? Indeed, setting the demarcation between religion and state is a by-product of the rise of public religion, which in turn is caused by unanimous agreement pertaining to liberty.

Keywords: constitutional agnosticism; liberal consensus; plurality; neutrality; equality; religious freedom

Chapter.  17409 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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