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Easing the tension … but not ending it

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/9780199737727.003.0008
Easing the tension … but not ending it

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This chapter discusses the conflicts between the church and state administers on different levels: the abstract level (i.e. theories on liberalism and religion) and the concrete level (i.e. through practical means). Tension between the two institutions can be reduced or perhaps, eliminated with constitutional agnosticism. Constitutional agnosticism uplifts the conflicts in public and in legal discourses, still, it is not the ultimate remedy. Elimination of all other “languages,” as a result of this usual and common perspective or set of norms over time, neglects the idea that other fields of interest offer interesting insights. Significantly, attention must be turned upon particular developments in law and religion, eradicating the will of the majority. Despite all these claims, religion persists to be in a non-harmonious state with the law and liberal democracy.

Keywords: church; state; constitutional agnosticism; law; religion; liberal democracy

Chapter.  17217 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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